The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has announced that it donated $715,373 to local organizations and schools during its spring grant round.

'The grant applications submitted continue to be innovative and consistent with our mission to enhance the health and wellness of area residents,' according to Dave Kraybill, executive director, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. 'We are excited to see the local schools and organizations continue to strive in their efforts in creating and improving health and wellness programs and services in spite of our current economic status.'

The foundation provides funding to local schools and non-profit organizations who offer programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles. 'The development and continuation of the programs funded during this grant round are proof of the commitment and dedication of area organizations working together to create a healthier community,' comments Kraybill.

The foundation distributes grants according to its four long-term goals:

€¢ Goal 1: Reduce Behavioral Risks

€¢ Goal 2: Improve Access to Medical Services

€¢ Goal 3: Enhance Formal and Informal Supports

€¢ Goal 4: Improve Physical and Social Environment

In support of the 'Reduce Behavioral Risks' goal, the Foundation is investing $530,632 in 16 community organizations, schools and programs:

€¢ Daniel Boone Area School District ' Coordinated School Health Program

€¢ ACLAMO ' Conexiones por Salud ' Health Disparities Reduction Program

€¢ Brookeside Montessori ' Growing Up Fit Wellness Program

€¢ Pottstown Adolescent, Prenatal, Parenting & Support Program

€¢ The Greater Pottstown Tennis Association ' Summer Tennis Clinic Program

€¢ The Growing Center, Inc. ' Horticultural Therapy

€¢ Olivet Boys & Girls Club ' Healthy Habits and Family Fitness/Nutrition Programs at Pottstown's Ricketts Center

€¢ Perkiomen Valley School District ' West Comprehensive Adolescent Fitness Program

Pottstown Foundation 2009 Spring Grants

€¢ Pottsgrove School District ' Wii Love Program: Love to Learn, Love Physical Education, Love Our Community, Love Positive School Behavior

€¢ The Tennis Farm ' Tennis Summer Camp for Pottstown School District students

€¢ YWCA Tri-County Area ' Summer Out of School Quality Time Program

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation's mission is to enhance the health and wellness of area residents, providing education, funding and programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Visit www.pottstownfoundation.org for more information about the foundation, rate health and wellness information.

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