NEGAUNEE — As part of the  Investing in Upper Peninsula Health grant initiative, many U.P. organizations received grants to fund projects aimed at improving U.P. healthcare.

The Great Lakes Recovery Center received a $50,000 Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Superior Health Foundation. They plan to use the grant to fund an exercise–based program out of their residential facility to help keep adolescents busy.

“We know that this is going to impact long–term sobriety and also increase positive mood,” said GLRC CEO Clare Mulford. “Co morbid disorders are on the rise – you have a mood disorder mixed with a substance use disorder – and so this is a real intervention for that specific subset.”

The program will help kids find something they enjoy, and hopefully feel a sense of accomplishment. It will also help them be seen as people without putting a label on them.