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2016 Active Living Detroit Projects

Horseback riding, gardening, biking, dancing.

These are just some of the fun-and-healthy activities that Detroiters can enjoy in the city this summer, thanks to 16 community projects that have been selected to receive funding from the Active Living Grant Fund Program, a joint program between the Healthy Environments Partnership and the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative to promote active living and physical health in Detroit. The award-winning projects and their sponsoring organizations or individuals are as follows (listed alphabetically by project name):

  • BikeVON Rodeo, BikeVon: An interactive beginner cycling program for adults and children ages 5 and up.
  • Chandler Park Ninja Warrior, Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Strategy: An eight-week program engaging youth in obstacle course training as a form of fun exercise. The training will end with a master competition.
  • Food, Fitness and Photography, Youth Community Agency: Engage youth in gardening, providing healthy food education, exercise. Photography mural at the end of the program.
  • Free Riders Community Park, Free Riders Community and Youth Outreach: A community garden program that allows senior citizens an accessible location to exercise and obtain healthy foods.
  • Healthy PIC, Friends of Parkside, Inc.: A 10-week summer equipment lending library and installation of a bike rack.
  • Horseback Riding Camp 2016, Detroit Horse Power: A series of five-day horseback riding camps for young girls.
  • I Feel Movement, JODA Jewels Consulting: A six-week meditation and gardening summer program for grandparents and their grandchildren.
  • Kids in the Park- Explore Experience Achieve, Eight Mile Community Organization: A three-month summer wellness program aimed to encourage use in bicycling, engagement in community, gardening, and healthy eating practices.
  • Kids Talk CAC Annual Community Picnic, Kids TALK Children's Advocacy Center: A summer program partnering with MSU to promote nutrition among youth, which will wrap up with a community celebration.
  • MCSDA Break Life, Benito Vasquez: Summer youth program looking to engage youth in physical activity with a unique type of dancing, break dancing.
  • Michigan's Women's Wellness Workshop (Fit in 8 Program), Kalandra Cooke Goff: An eight-month program encouraging healthier lifestyles through exercise and meditation.
  • Nolan Fierce Gardeners, BE Culturally Exposed: A gardening program engaging middle school students, who will sell produce at Eastern Market.
  • Opening Day for Neighborhood Way of the Grandmont Rosedale Greenway, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation: Promotion of destination points along the Grandmonth Rosedale greenway opening this summer. Community gardens, public art, community center, and farmers markets.
  • Tiny Tigers Karate Summer Program, Physical Fitness with Robert: Two-month Karate summer program for children 4 to 6 years of age.
  • Vacant Lot Habitat, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives: Transform a vacant lot into a natural wildlife habitat for birds, bats, and butterflies, including the construction and installation of a bird house.
  • Walk [Wayne State] Expansion, Wayne State University Office of Economic Development: Install signage around the Wayne State campus to encourage walking and biking as forms of healthy transportation options.

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