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Trails benefit from grant funds

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 12:00 p.m. CDT
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Becky Zantout, left, grants and community initiatives manager at DeKalb County Community Foundation, presented a check to Live Healthy DeKalb County Steering Committee members Cindy Capek of the DeKalb Park District, Kim Jass-Ramirez of the Kishwaukee Family YMCA and Lisa Cummings of Kishwaukee Community Hospital at the bike trail near Sycamore Road and Greenwood Acres Drive in DeKalb.

Kiosks and directional signage for DeKalb County’s bike trails will soon become a reality thanks to a $15,000 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation to the Live Healthy DeKalb County initiative.

Funded projects include installing 48 directional and way-finding bike route signs along established bike routes in DeKalb and Sycamore, four message centers to display trail system maps and repair of the Peace Road Trail.

Grant funds also will  be used for educational promotions and special events to engage the community to use DeKalb County’s bike trails. The goal of this project and Live Healthy DeKalb County is to make DeKalb County a healthier community.

“This project is a great example of many coming together for community action,” Jane Lux, executive director of the DeKalb County Health Department, said. “(It) exemplifies a strategy that the public health community embraces: environmental change reaching a wide portion of our community.”

Live Healthy DeKalb County is part of the YMCA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices. Through a competitive grant process, DeKalb County received an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two of the primary focus areas for Live Healthy DeKalb County are healthy food & beverages and active transportation/trails.

For more information, contact Kara Gallagher at kgallagher@kishymca.org or 815-756-9577, or visit www.ymca.net/healthier-communities/.

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