Investing across Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation seeks to reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness. AFYF has a special interest in helping school-age children living in Atlanta and Gainesville neighborhoods designated as Falcons Fitness Zones. Working closely with the NFL Play 60 campaign, Let’s Move, and national organizers such Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and PreventObesity.net, AFYF makes grants to increase the time kids spend in physical activity and increase access to healthy, affordable food.
The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation have partnered with the Georgia’s State Park system and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) to sponsor “Rx for Fitness”. Through the new “Rx for Fitness” program, physician assistants can prescribe healthy hikes in the great outdoors, and patients can turn in their “prescriptions” for free park passes.
“Rx for Fitness” is part of the State Park system’s new Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge which encourages citizens to use outdoor recreation as part of their regular exercise. Park visitors may find that exploring a canyon is more fun than a step machine, and that hiking along a waterfall burns more calories than a treadmill. The parks also offer less traditional exercise, like lake swimming, geocaching and disc golf. Even some state historic sites offer walking trails in beautiful settings.
To learn more about the new “Rx for Fitness” program, visit TonsofFun.org. The website also offers free advice from a personal trainer and nutritionist, healthy recipes, a health journal and more. To explore all of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org.
In partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools and CBS Atlanta, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation donated salad bars to 15 Georgia schools.
Through the Let’s Move Salad Bars program, a national campaign to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, AFYF provided salad bars to 15 Georgia schools in 2012 and provide training to school nutrition staff on how to manage the salad bars successfully. The AFYF awards culminate a two-month statewide campaign to promote salad bars. AFYF received requests for salad bars for more than 40 schools. AFYF may consider additional salad bar donations.
The winning schools are:
To date, the Let’s Move Salad Bars To Schools program has awarded salad bars to more than 1,200 schools across the country, providing more than 600,000 students more fruit and vegetable options in school cafeterias.
Schools may keep applying for future rounds of salad bar donations. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools will open the application process again September 1, 2012.
How To Apply:
AFYF makes grants to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate capacity to reduce obesity and improve fitness among school-age children in Georgia. AFYF directs most of its grants to organizations working in close coordination with one another in Atlanta and Gainesville neighborhoods designated as Falcons Fitness Zones. In particular, AFYF looks to invest in innovative ways to move more children from sedentary to active lifestyles. Partners may serve kids at after-school programs or at school during the school day.
AFYF is especially interested in innovations that change the lives of children who traditionally are most likely to miss out or opt out of physical activity. Instead of prescribing particular types of physical activity, AFYF challenges partners to deliver activities that the kids – AFYF’s ‘customers’ – want to do. As a result, AFYF has expanded opportunities for kids to participate in dance, volleyball, jump rope, swimming and mountain biking.
In addition, AFYF makes grants to organizations pursuing innovative ways for Georgia kids and families to gain increased access to healthy, affordable food. Here, AFYF is most interested in efforts that demonstrate promise for large-scale change across Atlanta or the state.
AFYF does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Interested organizations should send a two- or three-page letter explaining their idea, how the idea builds on partnerships and projects in which AFYF already has invested, how the idea is innovative, and what the effort is likely to cost. From these inquiries, AFYF may invite organizations to submit full applications.
AFYF receives far more inquiries than it can fund. Only a small percentage of ideas submitted ultimately receive grant funding. In reviewing ideas, AFYF may invite organizations to meet with AFYF staff and current grant partners to consider the impact of the proposed work.
A partnership between the NFL Youth Football Fund and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the NFL Grassroots Program has awarded more than $30 million in grants over 13 years to local nonprofits focused on the health and welfare of their communities, especially the children in their neighborhoods. The latest round of grants supporting new and upgraded fields can be found here.
To learn more about the Grassroots Program and how to apply, please visit the LISC site at http://www.lisc.org/section/ourwork/national/youth.
AFYF challenged Sodexo District Executive Chef, Desmond Fannin to come up with some healthy and delicious recipes. He even carved the cantaloupe in the photo above for the occasion. The food was such a hit that folks were filling up plates to take with them! Below are two favorite recipes, officially taste tested and approved by our Falcons Fitness Zone partners. The Blond Brownies made with sweet potatoes are DELICIOUS! Find out more about Chef Desmond on Twitter @ThatSkinnyChef
AFYF was established in 1985 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Atlanta Falcons. Since Arthur Blank acquired the Atlanta Falcons in 2002, AFYF has operated as an affiliated fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and grown to be the largest owner-funded foundation in the National Football League, providing more than $18 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the state of Georgia.