The Outdoor Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and NC Recreation and Park Association announced the first winners of their 2013 GO NC! Health Challenge Grants program, whic supports projects and initiatives that increase physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles in North Carolina.
The 2013 GO NC! Health Challenge Grant winners are (name location project amount):
- Town of Benson, DR PK Vyas MD Walking Track Fitness Stations, $7,500: Benson will install fitness stations along a newly constructed walking track. The stations will provide opportunity for exercise and fitness for all ages.
- Help Them L.A.S.T., Greenville, The Outdoor Experience, $7,500: The Outdoor Experience provides at-risk, underserved and underprivileged youth and their families/guardians access to nature, outdoor activities and nutrition education. The organization will use grant money to buy bicycles and helmets, which will promote health and wellness and allow the organization to accommodate more participants.
- Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Hendersonville, Cane Creek Greenway Health Challenge Trail, $7,500:
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will use its grant award to more fully utilize a new half-mile trail for public recreational use. Interpretive signage along the new trail will educate trail users about community health and wellness programs, the beneficial links between outdoor activity and health and tips for living active, healthy lifestyles.
The challenge grants continue the momentum started at Outdoor Nation’s Signature Summit on the outdoors held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina June 29-30. Outdoor Nation, the signature program the Outdoor Foundation, gathered nearly 200 young people at the University of North Carolina and camped overnight at the 47,000-acre Jordan Lake State Recreation Area to brainstorm, collaborate and develop projects that get more people outdoors. BCBSNC and NCRPA were among the sponsors of this Summit.