Congressman Clyburn Announces EdVenture Grant to Encourage Healthy Lifestyles

Jul 27, 2007 Issues: Health

(Washington, DC) – House Majority Whip and Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn today announced EdVenture Museum in Columbia, South Carolina will receive a $148,739 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The South’s largest children’s museum will use the funding to develop and implement a community-based educational initiative to engage families in adopting healthier lifestyles. 

“Obesity and chronic health problems are rampant in South Carolina, and these conditions are due in large part to the eating habits and lifestyles of those afflicted,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “EdVenture is the perfect partner to educate young children and their families to start them on a path to healthy habits.”

EdVenture will collaborate with area school districts, hospitals, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to develop a multifaceted program to provide new educational resources for families to improve the health and education of a broad cross-section of families.  The initiative is expected to expand its capacity to reach rural communities in South Carolina. 

EdVenture will provide $270,070 in matching funds for the grant.

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