The HGIO collaboration was founded in October 2010 by six nonprofit organizations in response to high prevalence of obesity and other health problems among children and youth in Shreveport. In July 2011, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana awarded a $75,000 grant to One Great River to build the capacity of HGIO. In response to a $1.4 million Blue Cross Blue Shield challenge grant, HGIO has grown into a 20 member coalition with the primary mission of preventing obesity. Partners were chosen by the programs and activities currently offered by the organization.
For more information on HGIO and how to get involved, contact Laura-Ashley Overdyke at firstname.lastname@example.org.