Happy Monday and welcome to the Open Book Blog Hop. This week me and my fellow authors identify and discuss our favorite charities.
In 2002, Vanetta S. Keyes, founded C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (The Center for Helpiing Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc.). Ms. Keyes writes, "As a concerned parent of an overweight child, my heart overflowed as I realized the health risks associated with her growing obesity. It was evident that something had to be done by someone; to preserve and to improve the quality of life for my child. I decided that someone was me! As a family, we learned that staying active and eating properly were the keys to halting the weight gain in our own child."
C.H.O.I.C.E.S. has a committed team of educators, medical professionals, parent volunteers, a very creative staff and a dedicated Board of Directors.
In early September (2017), C.H.O.I.C.E.S sponsored this major community event in downtown Atlanta--'66 Days to Healthy Habits 5K Walk'. The event promoted healthy habit formation. Following the walk, participants joined Georgia State University for a second event, 'Tackling Childhood Obesity Field Day' structured to meet the needs of elementary and middle school children!
I met and began to work with Ms. Keyes and C.H.O.I.C.E.S staff when she asked me to work with her on developing several grant applications. As with most small not-for-profits, funding support is a necessity since programs and services are limited to the organizations's ability to pay for needed programs and services.
Ms. Keyes is one of the hardest working people I know. Her effectiveness as a community leader and advocate is evidenced by the strong relationships she has formed at the community level. As an example, one major grant application included a partnership of seven community groups including but limited to:
a major community health center,
a large not for profit community garden initiative,
county government leadership and representatives,
and a major private university.
This was a massive project that Ms. Keyes organized and oversaw.
C.H.O.I.C.E.S has a very creative approach to serving its target group; i.e. children and adolescents, applying models that have been successfully tested and used in other effective programs. Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move' initiative is just one example of such programs: C.H.O.I.C.E.S was awarded status as one of the country's 'Let's Move' projects.
Despite programs such as C.H.O.I.C.E.S and the Obama 'Let's Move' initiative and other health programs, the Center for Disease Control's data shows: 'Childhood obesity is (still) a serious problem in the United States putting kids at risk for poor health. Despite recent declines in the prevalence among preschool-aged children, obesity amongst all children is still too high."
CDC Childhood Obesity Data
Ms. Keyes and my daughter, Diamond at a healthy eating event sponsored by C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Would love to have you stop by and visit C.H.O.I.C.E.S. you can see for yourself.
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