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Newport Hospital Encourages Athletic Entrepreneurs Through the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund

10/4/2013

Newport Hospital, through its Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund, is putting out the call to ‘athletic entrepreneurs’ who are committed to developing creative programs that get kids up and off the couch and engaged in physical activity.

Until October 31st, the hospital will accept proposals from individuals and organizations that are striving to promote health and wellness among the youth of Newport County.

“Getting and keeping kids physically active is one way we can put them on the road to wellness and a healthy life,” says Gus Cordeiro, Newport Hospital’s president. “But, we also want kids to realize that fitness is fun, so that it becomes something they want to do. The earlier we can get kids active, the stronger their foundation will be for living an active lifestyle.”

It’s no secret that a lack of physical activity can set up a host of health issues and is a major risk factor for a number of conditions, such as coronary artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. It can also lead to a life of obesity -- obese children have an 80 percent chance of remaining obese throughout their lives. That’s why it is recommended that kids engage in 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every day.

“This is exactly why the fund was created,” explains Cordeiro. “We wanted to find innovative ways to bring physical activity and wellness to the forefront with children and especially, their families. We knew we couldn’t do it alone; we needed the community to be involved.”

Established in 2010 through a grant from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust, the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund has provided nearly $84,000 to organizations throughout Newport County. The fund has focused on ways to combat child and adolescent obesity, as well as the abuse of alcohol and drugs, by encouraging projects that promote physical activity as a way to have fun.

For example, Tiverton, through the Tiverton Park Fund, has created a skate park and will soon open an obstacle course; Island Moving Company has used its grant money to help fund its after-school dance education scholarship program, bringing the gift of ballet to those who might otherwise be unable to afford it; and the Norman Bird Sanctuary is taking teenagers outside to promote exercise and nature.

Newport Hospital will accept proposals through October 31st with the next round of grant recipients being announced in early 2014. More details about the fund and proposal requirements can be found at http://www.newporthospital.org/about-the-frederick-henry-prince-memorial-fund.html. For questions or more information, please call 401-845-1503 or email at fhpmemfund@lifespan.org.