By Ed Harris
Activate Southington has received a $10,000 continuation grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to continue to pioneer an active lifestyle in town.
“It was pretty competitive,” John Myers, a founder of Activate Southington and the executive director of the Southington YMCA said about the grant process. “It’s a great validation.”
Myers said that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation only gave out 11 continuation grants nationwide. Only one other grant, for the Torrington area, was awarded in Connecticut, Myers said.
This is the second round of funding that Activate Southington has received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The group was originally founded and funded through a $35,000 grant from the foundation in 2009.
Myers said the group would use the recent grant allocation to keep a part time staff member that has been helping to keep Activate Southington moving forward.
Since its inception, Activate Southington has played a part in moving the farmers market to the town green, playing the lead role in the Safe Routes to School program, Project ACES, the Healthy Family Funfest and more recently with the physically active classrooms.
The group has also recently put together an active living guide for the town. It involves a comprehensive listing of the various active businesses, areas and activities in Southington. The guide is available on the websites for Activate Southington and the town’s website. The Southington YMCA also has hard copies.
“Our overall goal is to create a healthier Southington,” Myers said. “We want to get people moving.”
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By Ed Harris