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Healthy Green and Into the Outdoors Obesity Prevention Project (HGIO) was founded in October 2010 by six nonprofit organizations in response to high prevalence of obesity and other health problems among children and youth in Shreveport, LA. In July 2011, The Community Foundation of North Louisiana awarded a $75,000 grant to One Great River, a local youth organization, to build HGIO's capacity. As part of a Blue Cross Blue Shield statewide challenge grant, HGIO received a total of $1.4 million and has grown into a 20-member coalition of nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses, with the primary mission of preventing obesity and creating healthier communities.
Community leaders, new funding opportunities, and desire to advance shared goals and respond to unmet needs prompted the collaboration. Led by Paula Hickman, The Community Foundation's executive director, the coalition meets as a group monthly to update each other on what they are doing in the community. This is partnered with continuous communication via email and telephone. Projects are completed by the teams and data from every event is reported on a monthly basis.
In its first two years, coalition members already have seen improvements in their abilities to focus on their core competencies and coordinate their services and programs to minimize duplication.
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