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New Balance Foundation gives $100,000 to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for youth anti-obesity program

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  February 19, 2013 01:16 PM

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East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center President Jack Cradock and CEO Manny Lopes celebrate the grant award with Let’s Get Movin’ Program participants and Newbie, the New Balance Foundation mascot.

The New Balance Foundation has made a $100,000 grant to the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, the center announced.

The grant, presented to the health center on Feb. 13, will help expand the center’s existing Let’s Get Movin’ Program, which encourages exercise, good nutrition, and healthy life choices for children, adolescents, and families. It will also enable the center to begin a new effort, called Babies Get Movin’, to educate parents of infants on obesity prevention.

“We’re honored to receive such a substantial gift from our generous donors, so that we can continue to not only offer, but expand great programs like Let’s Get Movin’,” Manny Lopes, CEO of the health center, said in a statement.

“This program is critical in helping children, teens, and their families maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent obesity, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses,” Lopes said. “Thanks to the support of our donors, we can further promote wellness by educating parents with newborns.”

The Let’s Get Movin’ Program includes community events, cooking classes, field trips, and seminars to teach adults more about how they can help their children make healthy choices. It is offered during the school year, with summer programs available in July and August.

Through the grant, the health center will also work with the New Balance Foundation’s Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, where pediatricians and health-care providers from the health center can share ideas and strategies with other specialists.

“The New Balance Foundation shares the mission of the health center’s Let’s Get Movin’ Program, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them to make an impact on families in East Boston, and the surrounding area,” Anne Davis, managing trustee of the foundation, said in the statement.

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