Town gets healthy eating grant

May. 17, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

The Town of Indian Trail recently received a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation grant for $4,500 to create healthy food options in Town parks.

Indian Trail’s Parks & Recreation Department was one of 16 departments across the state to receive Healthy Eating Equipment grants funded by the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The mission of the Indian Trail Parks & Recreation Department is to promote opportunities for a healthy lifestyle and meet the ever-changing recreational needs of the Town’s residents, and this grant accomplishes that, said Jason Tryon, assistant director of Parks & Recreation.

“The grant will set a strong foundation of providing healthy eating options for the concessions in our parks, and the Town will now be able to provide opportunities for children and park users of all ages to enjoy the outdoors with healthy food options,” Jason said. “It is our responsibility as a Parks & Recreation Department to help educate future generations on healthy eating, and we plan on using this grant to provide smoothies using local produce in Crooked Creek Park.”

Indian Trail has two new parks opening in 2014: Chestnut Square Park, located at the corner of Matthews-Indian Trail Road and the new Chestnut Parkway, and Crooked Creek Park, which will open near Sardis Elementary School and Unionville-Indian Trail Road.

“Partnering with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation has enabled NCRPA to assist the Town of Indian Trail with financial and technical resources to promote healthy eating and consumption of local foods,” stated Michelle Wells, NCRPA Executive Director. “Providing healthier food choices is a natural component to physical activity opportunities provided by parks and recreation as we move towards the goal of healthier communities.”

The BCBSNC Foundation is a separate, independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians. NCRPA is the premier nonprofit education and advocacy organization, dedicated to the advancement of the park, recreation and leisure professions in North Carolina.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Edmonds, communications coordinator, Town of Indian Trail, at 704-821-2542 or ledmonds@admin.indiantrail.org.