TMH Foundation grants target health

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation on Tuesday announced the award of $153,200 in grants to 10 health-oriented projects in Trumbull County.

The largest grant was for $39,700 for the Warren Youth Fitness Challenge, a new nutrition education and physical fitness program of the Warren City Schools. The initiative will begin in the fall and will serve about 400 students who attend pre-school and middle school after-school programs at the schools and after-school childcare programs at the Warren YMCA and Warren YWCA.

The Fitness Challenge will include lessons on meal planning, cooking, gardening and nutrition, plus twice-a-week physical education sessions. It is part of a regional effort spearheaded by the Mahoning Valley Healthy Kids Coalition, which was established earlier this year through a grant from the William Swanston Charitable Fund.

“It is an education for our students and also for our parents. And I think the earlier we get them, the earlier they develop those habits and hopefully carry them on,” Warren Schools Community Outreach Supervisor Jill Merolla said.

Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation chairman Patrick Wilson said the hope is that the Warren Youth Fitness Challenge will establish a “best practice” model that can be replicated in other areas.

TMH Foundation grants also were given to the following:

  • $30,000 to the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Howland for occupational and speech-language therapies for children whose families have limited financial resources.
  • $26,000 to the nursing program at Kent State University Trumbull Campus for the purchase of eight advanced simulation mannequins.
  • $18,000 to the Special Navigator for Families with Special Needs at Help Hotline Crisis Center.
  • $10,650 to Project KIND at Community Solutions.
  • $10,000 to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership’s GROW program.
  • $7,500 to the Youth Ready Workforce Program at the United Methodist Center.
  • $6,880 for the State Tested Nurses Aide training program at the American Red Cross.
  • $2,425 for Vials for LIFE at Trumbull Mobile Meals.
  • $2,000 for the Family Nutrition Program at Catholic Charities.

The Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation provides grants each year to initiatives that advance the health of Trumbull County residents. It has assets of more than $13 million.

The foundation is the successor to the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation, which was created by the hospital in 1976. Since 2012, the foundation has operated separately from the hospital as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

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