About Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps Program
Safe Routes to Health (SR2H) focuses on addressing unmet health needs in underserved, low-income communities. It was developed by assessing both barriers to healthy living and opportunities to overcome those barriers. Using a multigenerational approach to reach across an entire community, SR2H engages AmeriCorps members to connect citizens to health, wellness, and physical activity programs by implementing program components and recruiting local community volunteers to create sustainable change.
Twenty (20) half-time AmeriCorps members serving at five (5) host sites statewide fill gaps and enhance assets to help residents gain access to supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity, making it easier for health and fitness to be a priority for all residents and empowering them to lead longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. SR2H AmeriCorps members:
- Facilitate conversations on nutrition and health topics with seniors and their caregivers and family members
- Hold health-related readings for kids and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers at local libraries
- Help low-income shoppers navigate local farmers markets and grocery stores to stretch their food dollars farther
- Demonstrate free physical activity opportunities that can be easily incorporated into community residents daily lives
- Outreach to community members and recruit local volunteers to create a sustainable, wrap-around program
Learn more: The Program
About Michigan Fitness Foundation
The Michigan Fitness Foundation inspires active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events and policy leadership. Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. We know that poverty limits access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods and that more education is a predictor of better health. MFF supports and builds collaborative partnerships to affect change in communities and improve conditions where people live, learn, work, and play. We strive to improve access to education in an effort to improve the overall health of Michiganders.
Learn more: Michigan Fitness
About Michigan Community Service Commission
The Michigan Community Service Commission utilizes service as a strategy to address the state’s most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. The MCSC uses Michigan’s AmeriCorps, Mentor Michigan, Volunteer Michigan, and the Governor’s Service Awards to achieve just that.
Learn more: MCSC
AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to strengthen citizenship and the ethic of service by engaging about 75,000 Americans across the country to help communities to address their toughest challenges. AmeriCorps State & National members engage in a diverse range of service projects at local, regional, and national organizations to address critical community needs of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship and veterans and military families.
AmeriCorps members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.
Learn more: AmeriCorps