Local nonprofits receiving grants to promote "health and wellness"

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - June 27, 2013 The City of Palm Springs and the Desert Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with President Clinton's Health Matters Initiative, announced Thursday that just under $350,000 in proceeds from the Mayor's Healthy Planet, Healthy You Race and Wellness Festival, including matching dollars from the Desert Healthcare Foundation, will be distributed to six local nonprofits working to promote health and wellness as part of the Initiative's "Coachella Valley Blueprint for Action."

The nonprofits receiving grant funds include:

• FIND Food Bank of the Coachella Valley - $40,000 for a food-assistance research & pilot project. The project will be considering local market conversions, mobile Farmers' Markets and other models to increase access to healthy, affordable food in food insecure areas. Funding will oversee an in-depth community-based research projects.

• Angel View, Inc. - $54,400 for a physical activity program for children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities and hire a full-time Physical Activity Program Coordinator to oversee physical activity for each Angel View client.

• Jewish Family Services of the Desert - $75,000 for a KidsFirst Healthy Life Project. The project will require professional staff to deliver the program, curriculum and materials, analyze and report on program outcomes to measure success.

• Hidden Harvest - $44,250 for the renovation and restoration of a 2-acre farm to grow produce locally and feed the hungry.

• United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire - $75,000 for a team to participate in the 2014 Tour de Palm Springs and purchase 15 Freedom Concepts Adaptive Bicycles for clients with cerebral palsy.

• Desert AIDS Project - $55,884 for a substance abuse services program. The funds will support labor costs associated with program management, implementation, evaluation, counseling and substance abuse-related support groups and educational outreach.

The Mayor's race and wellness festival, held last April in the Ruth Hardy Wellness Park, was so successful, next year it will move to Jan. 11-12, 2014, just before the Humana Challenge Golf Tournament, becoming the primary fundraiser for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative in the Coachella Valley.

"I am incredibly proud of the partnership between the City of Palm Springs, Desert Healthcare Foundation and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative," said Mayor Steve Pougnet. "The success of this prolific partnership is helping to dramatically move the needle when it comes to measuring and improving overall community wellness and childhood obesity in the Coachella Valley and it's incredibly exciting that local organizations will now be able to better promote health and wellness through these much needed grant funds."

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