Leadership Alcorn seeks ‘healthy hometown’ grant

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The 2014 Leadership Alcorn class has set a goal of making Corinth a healthier hometown as its community service project.

At this week’s city board meeting, Taylor Coombs, executive director of Main Street Corinth and spokeswoman for the group, said the class is applying for a Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Healthy Hometown grant.

The health care organization awards three $25,000 grants per year to communities that establish, promote and operate programs to help make people healthier.

The application deadline is April 1, and Coombs asked the city board to be a partner in the effort, since a winning grant application will require participation by at least two city leaders on the committee. Board members consented to cooperate with the project.

Though some communities expend grant funds for capital projects like building walking tracks or exercise trails, the 17 members of this year’s Leadership Alcorn class plan to use awarded funds for ongoing healthy lifestyle programs, said class member Chandler Gray.

Such community-wide support might include a map of safe walking and biking locations, a “30-for-30” fitness challenge held periodically, wherein participants commit to focusing on a specific fitness, health or wellness activity every day for 30 days.

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