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The Blue Ribbon Foundation Supports Stretch n’ Grow Program

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By: Anthony Matrisciano
November 1, 2012
Pictured L-R: “Stretch n’ Grow” participants Dalton, age 3, and Korben, age 4, at the Infant Development Childcare Center in Lock Haven.

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently approved a $7,000 grant to Infant Development Program (IDP) for its Stretch n’ Grow curriculum in Clinton County.

Stretch n’ Grow is a national program designed to address childhood obesity by infusing quality physical movement, healthy nutrition choices, and lessons on safety and hygiene into pre-K classrooms.

With Foundation funding, a certified Stretch n’ Grow instructor will visit nine pre-school classrooms at the Infant Development Childcare Center and the Lock Haven YMCA every week for 35 weeks, reaching approximately 130 youngsters. In addition to weekly lesson plans for classroom instructors, take-home materials are shared with the children’s parents or caregivers.

“This grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation will help us serve financially and physically at-risk youth in our community,” said Lisa Bangson, Executive Director of IDP. “Every child in our Stretch n’ Grow program will be able to achieve his or her potential because of this grant.”

About the Blue Ribbon Foundation of BCNEPA

BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  During its first decade of service, The Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grant funding to 170 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 186,000 at-risk individuals.