Last week, our own Rose Kennedy interviewed Ben Epperson, program director for Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities. That initiative—funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reduce childhood obesity—will initially focus on three communities here: Lonsdale, Inskip, and Mascot. But over the next four years at least 10 communities will be involved in creating safer neighborhoods for children to play in while improving access to healthy food.
The program is looking for community input from those in the three target communities at its upcoming meetings: Monday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Inskip Recreation Center, 301 Inskip Dr.; Tuesday, March 23 at 5 p.m. at Lonsdale Elementary School, 1317 Louisiana Ave.; and Thursday, March 25 at 3:15 p.m. at East Knox Elementary, 9315 Rutledge Pike in Mascot.
Also, on Monday, March 22, the Central Business Improvement District will meet for its monthly meeting. After awarding a $500,000 grant to lure Urban Outfitters to the Arnstein building across from Market Square, the CBID will use this meeting revise its budget to reflect this big-ticket item. That meeting takes place at 17 Market Square at 11:30 a.m.