About Safe Routes to Health at Michigan Fitness Foundation (SR2H)

Safe Routes to Health (SR2H), an AmeriCorps program administered by the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF), was developed by assessing barriers and opportunities to better understand and address unmet health needs in underserved, low-income communities with high obesity rates.  Using a multigenerational approach to reach across an entire community, SR2H will connect citizens to health, wellness, and physical activity programs in five Michigan counties:  Berrien, Chippewa, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Wayne.

Nutrition programs will follow the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and will be presented to communities at farmers markets, schools, communities, faith-based organizations, worksites, retail, and health care locations. Recreational programs will follow the CDC Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and will be presented to communities by using local, regional, and state trails, parks, pathways, blueways, and recreation centers.

Through SR2H, communities will work together to increase access to healthy foods and opportunities to practice healthy behaviors, 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.

During the 2018-2019 program year, 20 half-time (HT) AmeriCorps members – 4 per community – will serve to implement SR2H program components and recruit local community volunteers to create sustainable change.

About Michigan Fitness Foundation

The Michigan Fitness Foundation inspires active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events and policy leadership.

More: www.michiganfitness.org

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.

More: www.michigan.gov/mcsc

About AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to strengthen citizenship and the ethic of service by engaging thousands of Americans to help communities to address their toughest challenges.

More: www.nationalservice.gov