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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2011

Active Living KC receives $500 grant

The City of Kansas City, Mo.’s Active Living KC initiative has received a $500 United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety Grant. Active Living KC was one of 20 groups nationwide to receive the grant, which is funded in partnership from the World Health Organization, FIA Foundation and the National Organization for Youth Safety.

Since its Oct. 2010 launch, Active Living KC has partnered with Ingels Elementary School to promote programs that encourage healthier eating and the addition of more regular physical activity into daily routines, such as International Walk to School Day, Walking Wednesdays, Safety Street and Passport to Health.

The $500 grant will fund 60 helmets for children participating in the Local Investment Commission (LINC) afterschool program. Active Living KC will host a bicycle and pedestrian safety event at Ingels Elementary on May 11, which will include a safety assembly, helmet distribution to the students and installation of a new bike rack. Safe Kids of Metro KC will be present to properly fit the helmets. A raffle for a new bicycle will also be held, as part of the Passport to Health program.

Active Living KC hopes that the distribution of helmets to students, along with a new bike rack at Ingels Elementary will encourage more of its 328 students to bike to school, thereby increasing physical activity.

For more information about Active Living KC, please contact Deb Ridgway, bicycle pedestrian coordinator, at 816-513-2592.

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