Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Health Association of Niagara County Inc

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

October 2008

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 2007 – December 2007


Recognizing that obesity in youth has lifelong negative effects, including increasing the likelihood of developing serious chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, this project sought to reduce obesity rates for Niagara-area children by identifying and recommending new school system policies and other environmental changes to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • School staff and parents reacted positively to the food changes in the schools and thought that the district was working proactively to combat overweight and obesity.
  • There was no opportunity to learn whether the Report Card prompted lifestyle changes.
  • Few children responded to surveys regarding the nutrition and physical activity programs.