Nutrition ed program continuing

nutrition programARIZONA - A grant from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Nutrition Network is for $6,810, to which the city contributes what amounts to $13,620 through staff salaries and other costs.

According to the staff report, "the grant will positively impact Evergreen After School Program, Len Collage Youth Recreation Center and Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, plus community recreation programs.

"The emphasis for each program will be to introduce nutrition education, exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to its participants.

"In addition, we intend to continue to offer food demonstrations at the Len Colla Center two times a week. This fiscal year we hope to offer food demonstrations and/or recipe tasting at several citywide special events and expand our nutrition education for library participants."

Community Services Director Mary Johnson told the council before its unanimous approval that "we've had a whole lot of success doing food demonstrations and nutrition education.

"As you may have heard in some recent studies, obesity is a huge concern nationwide in the amount among young children, as well as nutrition education. So we have a strong component of food demonstrations happening at our youth facilities, primarily the Len Colla Recreation Center, as well as our after-school program where the kids learn about healthy, nutritious snacks and have the opportunity to make them. And we also do a lesser version of that at our Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center, but more nutrition education.

"We just work through a variety of recipes with the children and we don't really touch on diets. We just touch on nutrition education and food demonstrations."

In other action Monday night, the council:

-- Gave initial approval to changing zoning from urban ranch to planned area development at the northwest corner of Hacienda and Kleck roads.

-- Set next April 19 and 26 as hearing dates for major General Plan amendment requests and June 18 as the City Council hearing date.

-- Held a public hearing on the Community Services Department's master plan. No one from the public appeared.

-- Accepted a $2,000 grant for training and education in the Parks Maintenance Division.

-- Gave local approval for a special event liquor license to Casa Grande Main Street for "attracting people to historic downtown" on Nov. 24.

-- Rejected all bids for the west apron expansion at the city airport, citing errors in them and costs too high.

-- Gave local approval for a special event bingo license for a St. Anthony of Padua Class of 2008 fundraiser for a trip to Sea World.

-- Approved street closures for the Dec. 2 Electric Light Parade.

-- Delayed until Nov. 20 local approval to transfer the liquor license location of Corks, operated by Debra Tanner, from the Paramount Theatre to 108 W. Second St.

-- Approved purchase of two golf course utility vehicles at a cost of $12,773.

-- Awarded the bid for printing the city's annual report brochure to Southwest Business Forms of Tempe for $2,627. Voting no were Councilmen Dick Powell and Ralph Varela. Powell said that the difference between the Southwest bid and that from Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. was so small - $59.08 - that much of it would be brought back in sales tax if the bid went locally, plus he favors buying locally when possible. Varela agreed. Mayor Chuck Walton said a low bid is a low bid, voting yes for Southwest, the Tempe company. International Minute Press of Casa Grande submitted a bid of $2,849.90.

-- Approved allocating state Local Transportation Assistance Fund grants of $7,500 to Casa Grande Friends of the Arts and $2,400 to Casa Grande Valley Historical Society.

-- Approved purchase of 19 oxygen bottles for Fire Department breathing equipment to replace expired ones. The cost is $15,224.

-- Approved a $1-a-year lease for United Way of Pinal County to use a city building at 402 E. 10th St.

-- Heard proclamations for November as National Hospice Month, November as National Diabetes Month, Nov. 11 as Veterans Day and Nov. 5-11 as Health Occupation Students of America Week.

-- Heard a presentation by Cox Communications that placement of fiber cables will begin in 2007 in new areas and in mid-2007 for present cable subscribers, with other specialized services to follow.

©Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. 2006

source - ZWire