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January 27, 2015

Junior League grant will help Dads and their kids learn to eat healthier, be healthier


The Junior League of Columbia has awarded $11,656 to the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families to help Dads and their kids eat right and have healthier, happier lives.

The Center sought the funds to enhance our health curriculum by focusing on nutrition and healthy eating -- especially for children.

Frequently, low-income fathers have poor health themselves, in part because of a lifetime of bad food habits. Poor health is in turn a barrier to their playing an active, positive role in their children's lives.

Fathers need access to nutrition education provided in an environment in which where they feel comfortable, so that they can positively influence the eating habits of their children and provide healthier meals and snacks for them.

With the Junior League grant, the Center will work with USC's Cancer Prevention and Control Program to bring nutritional and cooking information to fathers in the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. As a result of this funding and partnership, we will be able to provide mini-nutritional educational sessions and resource material, cooking demonstrations, grocery store visits and healthy snacks for children.

Fathers and children will also be provided the opportunity to participate in a "Columbia's Cooking" class at the University of South Carolina to learn how to prepare a healthy meal and how healthy eating affects overall health.

This project offers an innovative yet pragmatic approach to changing food choices and eating habits of children and participants through nutrition education and resources, hands-on activities in preparing healthy meals, and healthy snacks for children.

The grant is one of 12 that the Junior League of Columbia recently awarded to local nonprofits.

"We are proud to invest in these 12 local nonprofits through our Community Enrichment Grants and look forward to a future where the League continues to have a positive impact on the Midlands community," said Junior League President Ginny Hairston.