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Sleepy Hollow Community Gardens

Sleepy Hollow has added community garden plots for community residents and expanded their giving garden. Produce from the giving garden is sent to a local food pantry.

One Hope United in Aurora gives kids healthy experiences!

At One Hope United Early Learning Center in Aurora, healthy eating and physical activity is integrated into the curriculum for all students. A moveable kitchen cart, purchased with funding from the Fit for Kids Funders’ Consortium, allows nutrition education, food demonstrations and tastings to come to the classroom.

2013 Fit for Kids Community Showcase

Thanks to our sponsors; Fox Valley Credit Union and Kane County Cougars for sponsoring the 2013 Fit for Kids Community Showcase, March 14, highlighting the accomplishments of the Fit for Kids campaign.

To date the Funders’ Consortium has provided over $390,000 in awards to Kane County community organizations. At the event we will learn from these organizations and other community members, as we celebrate the successes of the campaign and look forward to future efforts. Together we can Make Kane County Fit for Kids.

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53 Kane County Schools Participate in Walk to School Day

53 Kane County Schools participated in Walk to School Day.  The Fit for Kids Funders’ Consortium made $300 mini-grants available to participating school PTOs.  Each school planned their own event.  Here are some highlights: At Brady Elementary School, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner walked to school with students. Kane County Board Chairman, Karen McConnaughay participated in…read more

3rd Annual International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Making Kane County Fit for Kids Presents the 3rd Annual International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012. All children are encouraged to walk and/or bike to school in participating schools within Kane County to promote healthy choices.

Refrigeration equipment installed for local food pantries

Refrigeration equipment for 3 local food pantries, Feeding Greater Elgin, Two Rivers Head Start, Aurora, and Interfaith Food Pantry in Elgin and at Allen Elementary School in Aurora has been installed.  This expands the capacity for the pantries to provide fresh produce and dairy to low income community members.  Allen School now offers “Super Snacks,”…read more

Workshop for businesses in the Aurora area on Worksite Wellness

The Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora held “Wellness Works”, a half day workshop for businesses in the Aurora area on Worksite Wellness.  Cheryl Larson, VP of Midwest Business Group was the keynote speaker.  Local employers participated in a panel discussion, focusing on best practices within their organizations.

Schools in Kane County receive funding.

Schools in Kane County also received funding.  CUSD 300 in Carpentersville purchased equipment to distribute fruit and vegetable snacks.  Aurora129 installed a salad bar at Hill Elementary.  The new equipment expanded the capacity to serve more fruits and vegetables. Batavia Public Schools evaluated grade level Wellness Curriculums and published curriculum for nutrition, physical activity and…read more

Additional implementation projects promote physical activity

Additional implementation projects promote physical activity.  These included partnerships to add playground equipment to parks, schools and low income apartment complexes. Bardwell Elementary in East Aurora installed a climbing wall. The wall is used before school and as a part school day curriculum. Storm Elementary School in Batavia installed playground equipment. The equipment will be…read more

Improve accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables

Funds were awarded to garden projects to improve accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables. Lifespring Ministries in Aurora installed a garden and changed food policies requiring more fruits and vegetables to be used in communal meals. Assi Homes-Batavia Apartment uses their garden produce to stock their on-site food pantry.  They have also installed playground equipment.…read more