Grant Provides Collaboration For A Healthier Community

Community leaders are celebrating a new grant that encourages healthy living.

YMCA

Photo: Bill Shaw

The Monroe County YMCA

After a competitive review process, the Monroe County YMCA is celebrating a national grant. Executive Director Roberta Kelzer says Bloomington is the only community in the state to be selected.

“It showed what a collaborative community we already have and what success that would bring in terms of this initiative and purpose of the grant and so the YMCA was chosen to bring it to Bloomington.”

The formal announcement of ACHIEVE came at City Hall on Thursday. The goal will be to bridge connections from local leaders to support a healthy community.

“We want to to make sure the changes are far reaching and sustainable and that’s where we get into the policies, we get into the system, the outside, the inside of our workplaces and schools changing so there is a long term impact.”

Associate Dean of Global & Community Health at IU, Lloyd Kolbe is one of those partners.

“We think that IU with it’s 40 thousand plus students and faculty and staff could really be integral part of that, that it could be a good town and gown relationship where we’re doing research and teaching, service within the community and students living, working in the community.”

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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