AFES, FDSH get Community Grant awards

Athletics for Education and Success and Fort Dodge Senior High have received cash grant awards of $3,000 each.

The grants were awarded by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Business Leadership Network.

AFES and FDSH were among the seven award recipients that were announced Dec. 12, as part of a Community Grant program, according to Tara McKee, a spokeswoman for the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

The first round of grant funding was awarded in 2015, according to McKee.

The funds will be used to help public-health related initiatives and projects.

At Fort Dodge Senior High, students will work to bring awareness to mental health issues and advance the well-being of youth through theatrical performance at K-12 schools, civic organizations, and conferences, according to McKee.

Topics include: substance abuse, suicide prevention, anti-bullying and diversity acceptance.

AFES will provide low-income, at-risk, and underserved adults and families safe and affordable fitness and social activities to help fight obesity, promote healthy choices, and improve quality of life.

“These grant awards underscore the College of Public Health’s commitment to collaborating with local businesses, organizations and leaders throughout Iowa to improve the health and well-being of our state’s residents,” Sue Curry, dean of the College of Public Health, said in a written statement. “This initiative provides resources that will help to strengthen our college’s ongoing partnerships with those in Iowa’s business community.”

Carry on Bags, of Fairfield; Rathbun Lake Area Young Men’s Christian Association, of Centerville; Main Street Ottumwa; United Way of Wapello County; and Van Buren County Hospital — Health Villages were the other grant recipients.