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Active Community Grants Still Available to Help Improve Wisconsin’s Health

May 17, 2012

MADISON, Wis. - The American Heart Association worked successfully to pass the Open Gyms Bill, which allows Wisconsin schools to share their spaces for community activity. Heart Association advocate Kaela Gedda, a stroke survivor, says this is a win-win situation for taxpayers and communities.

"This bill is great. Taxpayers are already paying for the school facilities, and with the Open Gyms Bill they can be open after hours and before hours, so that community members can use the gym and its resources to get active."

To help implement the Open Gyms Act, the Transform Wisconsin Coalition is offering Active Community grants to encourage more physical activity and other healthy goals, Gedda says.

"The focus of this grant is on creating healthy communities. We're trying to do that in three ways: through creating tobacco-free multi-unit housing, creating more physical activity, and bringing more nutrition into schools."

Gedda, a field outreach consultant for Transform Wisconsin, says applications for the grants are due by June 15. The goal is to create an environment that makes it easier to be healthy, she adds.

The American Heart Association advises adults to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week; children need an hour of exercise each day for heart health. Cardiovascular disease is the nation's number-one killer.

More information is available at

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI