Balance My Day Receives $32,000 Grant

. December 31, 2019.
Balance My Day receives $32,000 grant

Hancock Public Health received a $32,000 grant from the Findlay Hancock County Community Foundation for Balance My Day, a program that provides nutrition and health education to local second graders. The Balance My Day program reaches into local schools that do not qualify for the SNAP-ed program through Ohio State University and the USDA. The 8-week Balance My Day curriculum covers a range of topics, including “germs, a balanced diet, and healthy snacks,” says Jessica Halsey, community health educator with Hancock Public Health. Each class gives the students an opportunity to sample a healthy snack— such as hummus or star fruit— that the students may not have tried before. “The purpose of the program is to encourage children to start making healthy choices at a young age,” says Halsey. Balance My Day impacts approximately 500 students annually.