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LH receives grant to help build healthy community

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

In an effort to continue its Move More Eat Healthy initiative, the city of La Habra was recently one of the only cities awarded a grant geared toward civic health.

Jay Seidel/La Habra Journal Happy trails: This is a section of the trail at Guadalupe Park, which thanks to a grant, will be enhanced to become part of what will be a Wellness Corridor that will encourage residents to walk, ride and play.
Jay Seidel/La Habra Journal
Happy trails: This is a section of the trail at Guadalupe Park, which thanks to a grant, will be enhanced to become part of what will be a Wellness Corridor that will encourage residents to walk, ride and play.

The grant awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was presented to 50 cities across the country to help fund projects that better the health of the community
“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working to eliminate barriers to healthy choices, and help communities create or expand upon the types of systems,” according to its website.
The La Habra project consisted of the creation of the “Wellness Corridor” along Guadalupe Park.
The corridor will include a walking and bike trail (that will be part of the OC Loop project, see more on Page 1), some activity equipment for people to use.
It is also part of the Safe Routes to School program, and the city has authority to develop areas under that program.
Safe Routes to School Programs are intended to help with kids’ safety and to reverse the trend of childhood obesity by developing projects that improve safety and efforts that promote walking and bicycling within a collaborative community framework.
The aim of the Wellness Corridor is to help create health resources across the middle of the city to encourage residents to get out and  move more.
One of the things that the foundation liked about the La Habra wellness corridor was that it was a community effort proposed by the city, the La Habra Collaborative, businesses and the city’s faith-based organizations.
“The community will be an active partner in all aspects of this,” said David DeLeon, recreation manager for La Habra. ” We are looking to meet with the community, and we will have public meetings to hear from them about what is needed.”
The $60,000 grant is seen as a start in developing the Wellness Corridor.  The city also received a smaller state grant that will help with Guadalupe Park and add to the route.
DeLeon said the grants help create and build a network for more funding opportunities.
He added that he is excited to get this project started and that the Wellness Corridor will truly be a community project. Look for more information from the city soon.

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.