This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Aetna Foundation Awards $75,000 Grant To FoodCorps

Continuing its efforts to promote health and wellness, the Aetna Foundation has awarded a $75,000 grant to FoodCorps. The funding aims to help transform eating habits of children from low-income communities by promoting nutrition, teaching gardening and expanding healthful school food choices.

To pursue its work, FoodCorps recruits emerging leaders for a year of full-time public service dedicated to improving child health in limited-resource communities. Working with partner organizations in K-12 public schools, these AmeriCorps service members use a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids: teaching children what healthy food is and where it comes from, helping them grow fresh food in school gardens, and working with farmers, chefs and others to transform school meals.

The Aetna Foundation grant will support team members leading FoodCorps’ activities in Arizona among children in the Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and Tohono O’odham reservation communities. Here, childhood overweight and obesity rates approach 50%, and children as young as six have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes.

“We are pleased to support FoodCorps, and applaud their inspiring and productive approach to improving nutrition and reducing diet-related health problems in Arizona’s American Indian communities,” said Gillian Barclay, vice president of the Aetna Foundation and director of national grant making. “By combining nutrition education with hands-on activities, FoodCorps is giving children the knowledge and tools to acquire or grow healthful foods and to effectively incorporate these foods into their diets at home and at school.”

Beyond the quantitative measures of FoodCorps’ impact, the organization’s Arizona team reports children running to snatch up veggie snacks after they have spent a lesson learning how vegetables are grown. Service members also cite the success of Family Feast nights and community workshops. At these events, parents talk about the quality of school food and ways to increase their communities’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

1 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,172.68 -107.06 -0.62%
S&P 500 1,994.29 -16.11 -0.80%
NASDAQ 4,527.6890 -52.10 -1.14%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs