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Harvest awards $70K grant to YMCA, Activate

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Harvest Foundation has awarded the Family YMCA $70,000 over the next two years for the Activate Martinsville-Henry County program, according to a news release.

“We are excited about the progress Activate programs have made and how they have been able to transform the lives of individuals in the community,” Brad Kinkema, YMCA CEO/executive director, said in the release. “We look forward to serving even more people and in a deeper, more profound way.”

Created in 2007, Activate MHC works to make health and fitness an integral part of the community. Its mission is “to help make our community a fun, healthy and desirable place to live by promoting walking, bicycling and increased physical activity as a part of everyday life,” the release said.

Among Activate’s programs are the Bike Barn on the Dick & Willie Trail, where riders can “borrow a bike and bring it back”; the Martinsville Half-Marathon & 5K held in March; and the Doctor’s Orders program, which allows local physicians to write “prescriptions” for patients to receive one-on-one health and wellness consulting from the YMCA, the release said.

According to the release, Activate is “a major reason” the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon races held in Martinsville are gaining a positive reputation among runners in the region.

Activate Program Director Cari Zimmer said she hopes the funds will allow Activate to expand its reach.

“Working to build a sustainable program that promotes healthy lifestyles throughout the community has been a true pleasure,” Zimmer said in the release. “It is my hope that more individuals can become engaged in one or several of the programs offered through Activate MHC and the Y.”

“The staff of the YMCA and Activate does a tremendous job of involving multiple organizations and residents in making our local races successful,” said Gladys Hairston, Harvest program officer. “They’ve also established a recognizable brand and quality programming over the last six years that have really engaged our community to become more active and healthy. The Bike Barn is a testimony of their success with over 2,600 riders logging in 24,000 miles last year alone.”

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