2017 Healthier Jupiter Mini Grant Recipients Announced
Healthier Jupiter, the community initiative founded to address health and quality of life issues starting with diabetes, awarded ten $2500 Mini Grants to deserving local not-for-profit and civic organizations. The goal of the Mini Grant Program is to engage the Greater Jupiter community in creating innovative approaches to diabetes prevention and management. The grants are funding pilot ideas that will improve our collective community health in one of three focus areas: increasing access to affordable healthier food choices; helping individuals become more physically active on a regular basis; or promoting awareness of diabetes risks and accessing necessary medical care. Healthier Jupiter is funded through a generous grant from Palm HealthCare Foundation as part of its Healthier Together Initiative.
The ten organizations and their funded programs include the following:
American Youth Soccer – “Score” for a Healthier Jupiter! In partnership with Jupiter High School’s Culinary Students and their instructor, Chef Leavy, AYSO FC Jupiter will influence their soccer players and their families to make healthier food choices and develop positive exercise habits thereby reducing obesity and diabetes in our community.
El Sol: Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center– The Jupiter Cookbook Project. The goal is to promote healthy eating by giving clients the resources and knowledge needed to prepare nutritious and tasty meals. The cookbooks will include recipes for favorite community dishes, but with techniques for preparing them in healthier ways. El Sol would also like to build or purchase a mobile kitchen for demonstrations at their center and at the Jupiter Farmer’s Market. Donations will be accepted for each cookbook to help provide sustainability to their efforts.
Els for Autism – ERNIE ELS #GAMEON AUTISM™ FITNESS. #GameON Fitness is an innovative, family supportive, research based fitness and wellness program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It incorporates the use of traditional fitness equipment, as well as music, dance, and video games as a means of motivating student participation in fitness activities including cardiovascular, strength training, flexibility, and common recess games. Our plan is to modify the existing natural area of Jupiter Flatwoods to become conducive and accommodating to the needs of individuals with ASD. This will be an ongoing program open to all Jupiter residents.
FAU Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter– Diabetes Awareness 101. Beginning in the fall of 2017, LLS would incorporate a new section to the health and wellness series, “Diabetes Awareness 101.” This series will include three 60 minute lectures, which will focus on nutrition, exercise and technology. Dr. Mark Heyman from the Center for Diabetes & Mental Health, located in San Diego, California, will conduct the third lecture “Diabetes and Technology: Tracking Your Health.”
Jupiter Church of God – Healthy Residents Healthier Jupiter – This project will focus on the health, wellness and nutrition of the Jupiter Limestone community from children to seniors. Educational programs will be provided through events and classes about twice monthly at the Jupiter Church of God. Utilizing additional resources from the community and flyers created by the program leader, participants will learn simple and nutritional food shopping skills utilizing fruits and vegetables and receive instruction in simple meal preparation. Exercise programs will be provided through use of treadmills, bicycling and walking. Each resident will receive personalized training to achieve their individual goals. Medical volunteers will provide blood pressure checks and weigh in on days of classes.
Jupiter Elementary PTO – Irrigation system for Jupiter Elementary School Garden. This will allow students to taste more vegetables to create healthier eating habits and reach more students with more plant production.
MyClinic – Improving Access to Medical Care of Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) for Low Income, Uninsured patients in the Jupiter area. This proposal is for the purchase of monitoring supplies, office testing device to measure Hemoglobin A1C levels in patients who have been diagnosed with T2DM and to create a fund to purchase medication not available at free or low cost. The project will begin immediately and will take place at medical clinic that provides free care to low income uninsured families in Jupiter. Onsite testing will provide instant feedback and assure compliance.
The School District of Palm Beach County – This project will provide our Jupiter middle school students with access to local Florida farms with the intention to expand awareness and increase understanding of the importance of nutrition education and healthy living. By initiating tours to local Florida farms, we plan to educate students in the areas of healthy eating by infusing nutrition education, encouraging students to grow food in school gardens to increase consumption of more fruits and vegetables. This pilot project will help us to plan for a much larger district initiative involving field trips, school gardens, and farmer’s markets to promote healthy living practices in Palm Beach County.
Town of Jupiter Recreation Department – Rec on the Move – Rec on the Move is a mobile playground program that will give children in our community an opportunity to enjoy physically and mentally healthy activities in their own neighborhood. The program will be offered during the PBC School’s summer break on Saturday’s. The mobile unit will visit one Jupiter neighborhood or park each week and provide play equipment such as balls, hula hoops, soccer goals, parachutes, jump ropes and more. Staff will provide direction of group games as well as give kids the opportunity for independent play.
YMCA of South Palm Beach County – YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence based program run by the Centers for Disease Control. The 1 year lifestyle intervention program includes 26 one hour group classes with the goals of reducing weight by 7% and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes/week for those at risk for type 2 diabetes. Eligibility guidelines are either a lab value or a prediabetes risk test.
About Healthier Jupiter
Healthier Jupiter is a community initiative addressing health and quality of life issues starting with diabetes. Diabetes was selected because promoting healthy lifestyles can lower diabetes risk and complications as well as many other chronic diseases. Healthier Jupiter is funded through a generous grant from Palm HealthCare Foundation as part of its Healthier Together Initiative. Healthier Together is a long-term, place based funding approach designed to solve the community’s most complex healthcare issues, neighborhood by neighborhood.