Horizon Foundation announced Tuesday it was awarding $160,000 in grants to local programs dedicated to reducing obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles.
The Columbia nonprofit awarded $40,000 to Healthy Howard, Inc. in order to help the organization direct uninsured clients to health benefits as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Horizon awarded $45,000 to PATH (People Acting Together in Howard) to bring together local leaders to fight sugary drink consumption, one of the leading causes of obesity, according to Horizon.
In addition, Columbia Association received $40,000 to support their "Let's Get S.A.S.S.Y." after school program, which encourages students to be successful, active, smart, strong youth by making healthy choices.
Lastly, the Columbia Triathlon Association received $35,000 to expand its "Learn 2 Tri" youth program from six to 14 schools during the 2012-2013 school year. The program teaches students about the triathlon lifestyle through schools' physical education classes and will reach approximately 2,900 students this year, according to the Horizon Foundation.
In September, Horizon announced $300,000 in grants to help fight childhood obesity. The Horizon Foundation is an independent philanthropy focused on improving health and wellness in Howard County, according to the organization's website.