Grant will help expand nutrition and fitness education

Grant will help expand nutrition and fitness education

MARQUETTE — A program that helps improve nutrition and fitness education in Marquette County got a boost today.

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund awarded a grant of $84,595 to the Community Foundation of Marquette County. The grant dollars will be used to support the expansion of the P.E.-Nut program across the county.

“This program will focus mostly on the Kindergarten and second grade students, and we’ll go right into the classroom, and we’ll actually bring food into the rooms and do food samplings with the students,” said Rachel Sabin, a Nutrition Educator at Marquette Alger RESA, “and then during each lesson we also do physical activity breaks to get the kids up and moving.”

“This expands the program now to include all of the schools in Marquette County,” said Community Foundation CEO Gail Anthony. “All children deserve to have the right to be taught about nutritious healthy snacks and physical activity.”

An assessment of the Marquette County community’s led grant collaborators to prioritize the improvement of the daily lives of area youth. The Superior Health Foundation added an additional $2,039 to help expand the program as well.