Hempstead-based human service agency EAC Network was recently awarded a generous $25,000 grant from the Nature’s Bounty Foundation to launch the “Nature’s Bounty of Wellness” program initiative. The initiative will provide comprehensive nutrition and wellness education to EAC Network’s professional staff who will then teach the information to predominantly low-income families in Suffolk County.
“EAC Network is thrilled to partner with the Nature’s Bounty Foundation to jointly launch the Nature’s Bounty of Wellness program initiative, which enables us to focus on interactive nutrition and wellness education,” said Sue Fragale, Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships at EAC Network. “We are deeply grateful to the Nature’s Bounty Foundation for its commitment to closing the gap of wellness awareness, education, and nutrition practices among low-income and underserved populations. In addition to helping these populations, Nature’s Bounty is also paving the way for our communities-at-large to develop sustainable, healthier lifestyle choices and habits for better overall health and wellness.”
Nature’s Bounty of Wellness will launch at four of EAC Network’s Suffolk County office locations in Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge, and two in Central Islip. EAC Network staff at these locations directly interact with more than 5,000 clients across the organization’s program portfolio, including the Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center at the Pat & Mary Bagnato Place for Kids (CAC), Supervised Visitation (SV), Safe Start, the Long Island Parenting Institute (LIPI), Alternatives for Youth (AFY) and Chance to Advance.
“Wellness is so much more than nutrition—it is about quality of life, and programs like these are a tremendous support to individuals in our communities who need assistance,” said Beverly Lee-Wo, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for The Nature’s Bounty Co. “The Nature’s Bounty Foundation seeks out opportunities to help people in our communities be well, through nutrition, education and more.”
“Presenting on topics such as shopping for healthy foods on a budget, stress management, smoking cessation, and achieving a healthy weight is vital to enhance our clients’ ability to make healthy choices that benefit them for life,” added Lance W. Elder, president and CEO at EAC Network.
A Wellness Team comprised of staff Wellness Coordinators will be trained in wellness education so they can help their clients make better, practical, and affordable eating and healthy lifestyle choices that can lead to the development of long-term, healthy habits to ultimately enhance their daily lives.
For more information, visit www.eac-network.org.
—Submitted by the EAC Network