Grant-funded healthy schools, healthy communities initiative begins third year in Houston, Cabool | houstonherald.com

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For the third consecutive year, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) is working with local communities to help kids and their families become more active and eat healthier.

HSHC is an initiative of the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) primarily designed to address the national trend of childhood weight issues. The MFH was formed in February 2000 as a result of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s changeover from a nonprofit to for-profit company, because federal law requires that proceeds from the sale of tax-exempt entities be directed toward charitable purposes.

In 2014, Cabool was the first area community to benefit from the five-year HSHC grant period. Houston was added last year, and Willow Springs joins this year.