As 2015 progresses, many individuals and families will struggle with keeping their New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle because of financial issues. OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, has many programs available to low-income residents of Oakland and Livingston Counties that can help them keep their resolutions and improve their overall well-being throughout the year. Programs include The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Early Head Start (EHS), Head Start (HS), Mothers, Infants, Children (MIC) in Livingston County and the Summer Food Service Program in Oakland County.
Adults looking for the best possible nutrition starting at home have various options. TEFAP provides various supplemental food staples to low-income households on a quarterly basis. WIC is a free health and nutrition program available to help pregnant women and mothers with infants and children under age five eat well and stay healthy. In Livingston County, women who are pregnant, postpartum, breast-feeding or have children up to 6 years old and are not receiving benefits through the WIC program can receive supplemental nutrition assistance through MIC.
Outside of the home, parents can see that their children receive proper nutrition and exercise by enrolling them in OLHSA’s EHS/HS programs. These programs give children a strong foundation with well-balanced school meals and opportunities for physical activity during and outside of school hours. When school isn’t in session, OLHSA provides a nutritious breakfast and/or lunch to youth in churches, parks, schools and recreation centers in and around Pontiac through the Summer Food Service Program.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau between 19.5 and 30.8 percent of Michigan’s residents are obese and 16 percent of the population is living below poverty level,” said Ronald B. Borngesser, OLHSA’s CEO. “We believe that everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, should have access to resources that help them to lead healthier lives. Our representatives work diligently with clients to connect them to services that meet their specific needs.”
For more information on OLHSA’s complete services, visit www.olhsa.org/complete-services.
OLHSA is a Community Action Agency improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. Over 187,000 services were provided in 2013 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives. www.olhsa.org