Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows how difficult it can be. It requires education, understanding and commitment to reverse the habits that contributed to the weight gain.
For people with lower incomes, it can be even more difficult. But on Thursday, York received a grant that will target this part of our population — people who need to lose weight to become healthier but can’t afford to pay for wellness programs.
WeightWatchers and the United States Conference of Mayors chose York — along with Baltimore and Racine, Wis. — as a recipient of the Healthy Communities Grant Program, which provides partially subsidized WeightWatchers memberships.
York was chosen because of its proven commitment to helping its community become healthier. Programs and initiatives include Let’s Move York City, Eat Play Breathe York and Play Streets.
In a way, it seems as if this grant validates the work York has done. But what’s more, it provides additional resources to help people in need.
Often times, when talking about obesity and chronic illness, it turns into a discussion about the many barriers health care providers and people face when trying to get healthier — complex issues without quick fixes. However, this grant provides a small, yet meaningful — and much needed — solution.
Read the full story about the grant on ydr.com.
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