Healthier Jupiter, a community initiative founded to address health and quality of life issues, recently awarded nine $2500 Mini Grants to deserving local not-for-profit and civic organizations. The goal of the Mini Grant Program is to engage the Greater Jupiter community in creating innovative approaches to healthy living and chronic disease prevention. The grants are funding pilot ideas that will improve our collective community health in one of three focus areas: increasing access to affordable healthier food choices; helping individuals become more physically active on a regular basis; or promoting awareness of diabetes risks and accessing necessary medical care. Healthier Jupiter is funded through a generous grant from Palm Health Foundation in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center, as part of the countywide Healthier Together Initiative.
Over 400 community members came together at a Community Grants BBQ on November 17th, at which 16 Grant finalists presented their project overview to the public, who then chose the top nine. Jupiter Medical Center CEO Don McKenna announced the Grant recipients at the event. McKenna shared, “Jupiter Medical Center is proud to partner with Healthier Jupiter and the mini grant program. As the largest health care provider in Northern Palm Beach County, we are very excited to see the innovative, grassroots programs being implemented in our community.” The nine organizations and their funded projects include the following. Connected Warriors, Inc. – “Connected Warriors: Free Yoga for Military Veterans and Their Families,” El Sol: Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center – “Training With Others ,” Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park – “Meetup Outdoor Adventures for Jonathan Dickinson State Park”, Girls on the Run – “GATHER (Girls Access to Health, Empowerment & Running,” Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Inc. – “Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, MyClinic –“Increased Medication Access=Improved Health=Reduced Costs,” Palm Beach County Food Bank – “Marjorie S. Fisher Nutrition Gets Cooking!”, Palm Beach Harvest, Inc. – “Pedaling Food to the Needy”, Southpaw Prince – “Southpaw Prince’s Free After-School Boxing Program”
For more information on these projects please visit www.healthierjupiter.org or contact Healthier Jupiter Executive Director, Carrie Browne, at (561) 263-7580.
About Healthier Jupiter
Healthier Jupiter is a community-driven initiative funded by Palm Health Foundation. Headquartered at Jupiter Medical Center, Healthier Jupiter works in partnership with the Medical Center to address healthy behaviors, social determinants of health, and quality of life issues across the lifespan. Healthier Jupiter brings the community together by listening to the needs of all, building support, and providing resources to empower people to make healthier choices. Healthier Jupiter is part of Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Healthier Together Initiative. Healthier Together is a long-term, place based funding approach designed to solve the community’s most complex healthcare issues, neighborhood by neighborhood.