Six more projects receive Brooksie Way minigrant funding

Six more Oakland County projects received funding through the Brooksie
Way Minigrant program, bring the total to more than $57,000 given to
support health and wellness projects in the county in little more than
one year.

The awards were handed out by Oakland
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson during a kickoff for the 2011
Brooksie Way Half Marathon at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. News
Talk Radio 760 WJR and the Paul W. Smith Show broadcast live from the
event.

“The Brooksie Way races continue to fund
worthwhile community projects that provide for healthy lifestyles,”
Patterson said. “My son Brooks would be proud to see his legacy
promoting health and fitness activities for the 1.2 million residents of
Oakland County.”

The Brooksie Way is an annual
half marathon and 5K race named in honor of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a
young father and son of the county executive, who died after an accident
in 2007. The 2011 race, which is partnership between Oakland County and
the Crim Fitness Foundation, is set for Oct. 2. The run/walk begins and
ends at Oakland University.

Support from HealthPlus of Michigan helps make the minigrant program possible.

“HealthPlus
is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Brooksie Way Half Marathon
since the race began in 2008,” said Bruce R. Hill, HealthPlus president
and CEO. “We’re especially pleased that our support helps fund
minigrants to so many worthwhile health-related non-profits and wellness
programs, which helps make Oakland County a healthier community. It’s
rewarding to see the Brooksie Way and HealthPlus grow in southeast
Michigan.”

Patterson created the Brooksie Way
Minigrant program to use race proceeds to promote healthy, active
lifestyles for Oakland County residents. Minigrants are awarded three
times a year. The maximum award is $2,000. Grant guidelines and
applications are available on the Brooksie Way website,
www.thebrooksieway.com, and are reviewed three times a year — April 1,
August 1 and December 1.

Awards were given to the following organizations:

  1. Polly
    Ann Trail Management Council, Leonard: The Polly Ann Trail connects
    Orion, Oxford, Addison Townships and the Villages of Oxford and Leonard.
    It is 14.2 miles long and utilizes the abandoned P.O. & N. railroad
    corridor. The grant will fund marketing of the 13th annual Rural Pearl
    of a Ride on the Polly Ann Trail which will take place on July 23.
  1. Swan
    for Life Cancer Foundation, Clarkston: Founded in 2009, the foundation
    is committed to improving the quality of life for persons affected by
    cancer. Swan for Life’s service hope is to alleviate some of the anxiety
    associated with a cancer diagnosis by providing education and a support
    network. The grant will fund “Integrative Medicine — A Wellness
    Program” that incorporates acupuncture, yoga, clinical massage therapy
    and nutrition counseling.
  1. POH
    Regional Medical Center, Pontiac: The center is presenting its first
    Fit for Life 5K Fun Run & 1-Mile Walk on June 11. The walk/run will
    begin and end at Beaudette Park in Pontiac. Health and wellness
    screenings will be available for participants and a healthy celebration
    lunch. The Brooksie Way Minigrant will fund 25 scholarships for Pontiac
    middle and high school students to participate.
  1. Main
    Street Franklin, Franklin: Franklin is one of the newest Main Street
    Oakland County communities. It is presenting its first Main Street
    Franklin Historic Farmers Market, from July through October. The grant
    will fund children’s activities that are focused on healthy outdoor fun
    and eating habits.
  1. The
    Neighborhood Gardening Club, Ferndale: The Gardening Club is an
    independent organization of partners that include MSU Extension Master
    Gardeners, MSU University Extension 4-H, Oakland Livingston Human
    Service Agency, The Charter Township of Royal Oak Parks and Recreation
    Department and other representatives. The grant will fund a community
    garden in Royal Oak Township in an abandoned park behind Grant School.
  1. Troy
    Community Coalition, Troy: For over 20 years, the Troy Community
    Coalition provides substance abuse prevention programs and activities
    for adults and local youth. The coalition, in partnership with the Troy
    Police Department, offers a summer camp for the children residing at the
    Rochester Villas apartment complex and students residing near Morse
    Elementary School in Troy. The award will fund bus transportation to
    swimming field trips and admission fees to the swimming locales.

Patterson said the race will begin and end at the Meadow Brook
Music Festival, making it more convenient for racers. The Brooksie Way
Fitness Expo, set for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, has a new location. It will
be held at the Oakland University Recreation Center. The 16-week
training program that prepares novice runners for either the half
marathon or the 5K begins in June in either Southfield or Rochester.
More information and registration is available at www.thebrooksieway.com.

The
Brooksie Way joins Count Your Steps (CYS), another successful health
program founded by Patterson. Count Your Steps encourages elementary
children and families to engage in more physical exercise through a
pedometer walking challenge. CYS/Brooksie Way is organized to develop
and implement one or more programs to educate school age children and
their parents on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise and to
foster and promote programs to encourage public health and fitness.