MyState grant kick starts youth fitness program

MORE $8,900 has been granted to the Bridgwater Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC) to operate a youth fitness and health program, and purchase four new exercise bikes, thanks to the MyState Foundation 2015 grants program.

Bridgewater PCYC CEO Senior Constable Bryon Howard said the youth health and fitness program aimed to change the lives of young people in a practical manner, with a vision to break the cycle of intergenerational poor health outcomes in the local area.

From left, Harley Banks, Darren Watkins, Dylan Armstrong and Josh Mayne.

“The program is designed to address local issues relating to obesity, inactivity, unhealthy eating and a lack of knowledge of good health through youth activities and education,” Constable Howard said.

“Grants such as the $8909 received from the 2015 MyState Foundation are critical to the existence of programs at the PCYC in the Brighton municipality.

“The program will target the most at-risk youths living in the area through free weight and aerobic gym sessions with qualified instructors.

“Some of the grant funding will be used to purchase four new exercise bikes for the PCYC gymnasium, which will benefit the wider community as these will be available for everyone to use at the gym.

“As part of the program, holistic short courses revolving around healthy eating, nutrition, drugs, alcohol and fitness will be run by qualified instructors and outside agencies.

“The program is expected to directly benefit up to 150 young people, and over 500 people in the Brighton municipality are expected to benefit from access to the new gym equipment.

“We hope this program is just the beginning of an ongoing project to enrich the lives of young people in the local area.”

The Bridgewater PCYC Youth Fitness and Health Program is just one of 14 successful grant applicants to benefit from over $106,000 awarded as part of the 2015 MyState Foundation grant round.

MyState Foundation Chairman Bob Gordon said the Foundation’s mission was to help nurture, support and advance the interests of Tasmania’s young people through supporting community organisations across the state.

“The MyState Foundation has been empowering young Tasmanians in every corner of the state for over 14 years, resulting in over $1.1 million in grants to more than 80 not-for-profit organisations, for more than 200 initiatives.

“We believe it’s the little ideas, local organisations and small acts that can help to make a big difference in people’s lives and help to build a richer Tasmanian community,” Mr Gordon said.

Applications for the next round of grants will open in early 2016. For more information about the MyState Foundation visit www.mystate.com.au/community.

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