Prevention

We are working to prevent disease and promote healthy behaviors.

According to Healthy People 2020, regular physical activity can improve the health and quality of life for people of all ages, even ones with chronic disease or disability.

The focus of this initiative is to increase access to nutritional foods and physical activity and to improve health outcomes related to chronic diseases.

Healthy Spaces (HS)

Healthy behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating can prevent chronic diseases, control weight, improve mood, boost energy, and improve longevity and wellbeing. Access to community assets such as playgrounds, walking trails, community gardens and farmers’ markets make it easier for people to make healthier choices that have the potential to improve their health.

Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to, the development and/or improvement of walking trails, playgrounds and parks; and farmers markets, community gardens, healthy corner stores and mobile markets.

While educational programs, classes and promotional campaigns can be helpful in building awareness, demand for and commitment to healthy behaviors, the purpose of this grant funding is to support “shovel-ready” projects that create or improve community infrastructure for physical activity and healthy eating.

Click here to access the request for proposal (RFP) for more information. If you have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Sarah Crouch, program officer, at 757-539-8810.

Healthy Behaviors Grants for Partnerships, Planning or Implementation (PPI)

Healthy behaviors such as healthy eating and physical activity can prevent chronic diseases, control weight, improve mood, boost energy, and improve longevity and wellbeing. OHF supports community-driven solutions for improving the overall health and well-being of all residents within its service area, particularly those experiencing the greatest disparities in health based on income, race/ethnicity and geographic location.

Recognizing that communities within the Western Tidewater region are unique and have different assets and needs, this RFP offers three distinct but complementary funding opportunities:

  1. Partnership Development Grants
  2. Planning Grants
  3. Implementation Grants

Applicants should choose the funding opportunity that most closely aligns with their readiness and capacity as well as community needs.

Click here to access the request for proposal (RFP) for more information. If you have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Sarah Crouch, program officer, at 757-539-8810.

Girls on the Run, Girls Got Grit 5K

On December 16, 2018, over 2,000 girls and their running buddies gathered for the first Hampton Roads Girls on the Run, ‘Girls Got Grit’ Celebration 5K, held in Suffolk, Virginia. The run, partially funded by the Obici Healthcare Foundation, had these other essential partners: the YMCA of Hampton Roads, Suffolk Public Schools, Paul D. Camp Community College, the City of Suffolk Police Department and other local volunteers. Their help insured the Girls on the Run 5K was successful.

The Girls on the Run program is dedicated to teaching life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment.