About Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps Program
Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps Program at Michigan Fitness Foundation (SRTH) 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, SRTH 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.
SRTH Members serve at host sites statewide. They help residents gain access to supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. The goal is to make it easier for health and fitness to be a priority for all residents and empowering them to lead longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Members provide the following:
- 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
The 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 at MichiganFitness.org.
Michigan Community Service Commission
The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) utilizes service as a strategy to address the state’s most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. MCSC uses Michigan’s AmeriCorps, Mentor Michigan, Volunteer Michigan, and the Governor’s Service Awards to achieve just that. Learn more about MCSC.
AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges, through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.