Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services receives grant from Reliant Medical Group Foundation to support Healthy Living Initiatives

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 Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services receives grant from Reliant Medical Group Foundation to support Healthy Living Initiatives Shrewsbury MassachusettsSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services has received a $5,000 grant from the Reliant Medical Group Foundation in support of the organization’s efforts to improve the health of those living in Central Massachusetts.

“There are so many programs in the region that could help us carry out our mission to make Central Massachusetts a healthier population, but they require financial support to do so,” said Kelsa Zereski, director of philanthropy at Reliant Medical Group. “Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of our donors, we’ve been able to expand our reach and giving capacity with this latest round of grants.”

The Reliant Medical Group Foundation’s latest round of grants has reached an all-time high after awarding $100,000 to 15 Central Massachusetts organizations, including Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services. The grants allow the Foundation to connect the generosity of the community to sustainable efforts that target childhood obesity, increase access to care and comfort for Reliant patients, and encourage healthy living for all. The Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services grant will be used for its “You Go Girl” and “Way to Go Guys” programs, which are health-related programs for 5th and 6th graders.

“Part of our newly enhanced vision is to deliver a meaningful grant-making program for the benefit of area charities and the people they serve,” adds Zereski. “With our increased giving to local nonprofits, especially those focused on battling childhood obesity, the Reliant Foundation is making that vision a reality.”
In addition to Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, the following organizations also received grants in this latest round of giving:

Boys & Girls Club of Lunenberg — Triple Play Program, which provides social and recreational activities to children in grades 6-10.
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester – Health Habits holistic program that provides health and fitness opportunities to disadvantaged youth, ages 8-18.
Family Health Center – Elm Park Family Nutrition Program teaches at-risk families of the Elm Park Community School about healthy family eating.
Genesis Club – Health and Wellness Initiative and Tobacco Cessation Initiative offer club members exercise, walking groups and wellness dinners and tobacco cessation products.
Girls Inc. of Worcester – Fit Girls and the Swim & Gym programs which aim to reduce pediatric obesity by offering regular aerobic exercise and nutrition education classes.
Lutheran Social Services – New Lands Farm Program, a refugee agriculture initiative designed to engage newly arriving families in gardening and farming for healthy eating and a potentially modest income
Nativity School of Worcester – expansion of Healthy Living Initiative which promotes healthy living and battles obesity through education and innovative programs at the school.
Our Father’s House – wellness programs and shelter for homeless woman with substance abuse issues.
Rainbow Child Development Center – Imagimotion Kidz is a physical fitness and nutrition program for at-risk children from low-income families.
Worcester Youth Center – Snacking for a Healthier Life program serves healthy daily snacks for at-risk youth between the ages of 14-24.
YMCA of Central Massachusetts – Collaboration between Reliant pediatricians/staff and YMCA sites which helps families to improve health and fitness using the “Let’s Go 5210” program model.
YOU, Inc. – Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program provides support and education to pre-school aged children to help reduce school expulsions as the result of aggressive, dangerous and disruptive behavior.

The Foundation also provided a $10,000 grant to Reliant Medical Group for the continued support of a transportation program for low-income elderly patients in need of transportation to primary care or specialist appointments at Reliant.
Reliant Medical Group Foundation supports Reliant Medical Group patient needs through targeted funding in service to education, comfort, and access to care. Additionally, the Foundation supports public and community health in Central Massachusetts through funding education and intervention programs.

The next deadline to apply for community grants is February 3, 2014. Guidelines and information on how to apply can be found at www.reliantfoundation.org.

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