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updated: 3/11/2011 10:55 AM

Kane County offers grants to keep kids fit

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The Kane County Health Department has announced that the Making Kane County Fit for Kids Funders' Consortium making grants available to help community organizations take action to implement the strategies included in the "Fit Kids 2020 Plan."

This plan is a 51-page document that outlines the strategies required to reverse childhood obesity in Kane County over the next decade.

Applications for funding will be due to the Fit for Kids Funders' Consortium by March 15.

Awards are expected to range between $250 and $10,000. It is expected that about $100,000 will be made available to community organizations through this grant.

In Kane County, one in five kids is overweight, and in some communities that number is an alarming one in three. As these kids get older, they are more likely to develop chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, suffer bone and joint problems and suffer other serious health problems. Kane County residents have decided not to accept this future for our children.

The grant application and "Fit Kids 2020" plan is available for download on the Making Kane County Fit For Kids website If you would like to stay up-to-date on the Fit for Kids campaign, follow the campaign on Facebook at