Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The issue was on display during a demonstration Tuesday.
Do you think children in Howard County drink too many sugary beverages? A new advocacy campaign is raising that very question. “Howard County Unsweetened,” an initiative sponsored by the Horizon Foundation, aims to expand healthy drink choices in the area, said foundation CEO Nicolette Highsmith Vernick in a press release. The campaign kicked off Tuesday when Burleigh Manor Middle School students in Ellicott City oversaw the dumping of 9.6 tons of “sugar” – actually white sand -- at the school. The 9.6 tons represented the amount of sugar the students of the school would consume if each had one 12-ounce soda per day in a year, according to a release. Representatives from the Maryland, Delaware, DC Beverage Association criticized Tuesday's …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Organization focuses on local initiatives dedicated to reducing obesity, increasing access to healthcare.
Horizon Foundation announced Tuesday it was awarding $160,000 in grants to local programs dedicated to reducing obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles. The Columbia nonprofit awarded $40,000 to Healthy Howard, Inc. in order to help the organization direct uninsured clients to health benefits as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Horizon awarded $45,000 to PATH (People Acting Together in Howard) to bring together local leaders to fight sugary drink consumption, one of the leading causes of obesity, according to Horizon. In addition, Columbia Association received $40,000 to support their "Let's Get S.A.S.S.Y." after school program, which encourages students to be successful, active, smart, strong youth by making …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Howard County students are learning about the poor and homeless right in their backyards, and helping the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.
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- Brian Hooks
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Howard County is ranked among the wealthiest counties in the nation, which is why it may surprise some residents to hear about homelessness and poverty in their own backyard. "Change Matters," a campaign organized by the Horizon Foundation, wants to dispel stereotypes about homeless people by educating students about poverty and how easily families can become destitute, even in the wealthiest of communities. Cathy Smith, coordinator of Change Matters, works with teachers to tailor grade-specific presentations and activities designed to show that lazy, uneducated people are not the only people who become homeless or become alcoholics and drug abusers. "As kids go through middle school and high school, they're going to be confronted with all…
Friday, September 14, 2012
Horizon Foundation awards grants to promote positive lifestyles that reduce obesity in Howard County.
The Columbia-based Horizon Foundation announced Wednesday it was awarding $300,000 in grants to address childhood obesity in Howard County. The grants were awarded to three local organizations that can directly impact child obesity—the Howard County Health Department, the Howard County Public School System and FIRN, an organization that works with immigrants to help them access community resources and opportunities. One in four children in the county is overweight or obese, according to the Horizon Foundation. "We really want to tackle major public health issues," said Horizon's president and CEO Nicolette Highsmith Vernick. The health department was awarded $86,000 per year over two years to aid pediatricians and family physicians with …