SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville on Friday announced three nonprofits as the recipients of 2018 community grants.

The Boys and Girls Club of Janesville, the Cooperative Educational Service Agency 2 and Edgerton Public Library each will receive up to $5,000 to promote health lifestyle choices and improve overall health in Rock County, according to a news release from the hospital.

Nonprofits will use grants to promote the following programs.

Boys and Girls Club of Janesville

  • Triple Play: A national youth health and wellness program that increases daily activity and teaches good nutrition. The program will help develop healthy relationships between children in Janesville.

Cooperative Educational Service Agency 2

  • Twist, Shout and Snack-it-Out: A camp program for preschoolers and parents that weaves exercise and healthy snack preparation into play time. The program exposes families to the encouragement of healthy habits early in life.

Edgerton Public Library

  • Get Recharged at Your Library: A program to encourage bicycling and promote area trails. The program includes a Bike to the Library event and an on-site pedal-powered charging station for cell phones and tablets.

Nonprofits had to submit proposals focused on one of St. Mary’s three priority health areas: smoking cessation, obesity and fall prevention, according to the release.

Priority health areas were determined based on a community health assessment, according to the release.

“Our SSM Health Mission to provide exceptional healthcare services extends beyond our Janesville medical campus. We are committed to collaborating with our neighbors to reduce serious health problems like diabetes, stroke, heart and respiratory diseases in our community,” said Ben Layman, St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville president, in a news release.

Grant recipients will be recognized at a reception at 1 p.m. today at St. Mary’s.

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