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Opa-locka Community Development Corporation Receives $11,000 Grant from Health Foundation
Funds will go toward exercise equipment and fitness classes in Magnolia North KaBOOM! Park

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (January 26, 2016) - The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was awarded a $11,000 grant from Health Foundation of South Florida to support health and wellness initiatives that address health inequalities experienced by Opa-locka residents. The funding will be used to install exercise equipment in the Magnolia North KaBOOM! Park and support three months of exercise classes which will also teach residents how to use the new machines.

According to Health Foundation President & CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D., "As Opa-Locka residents currently do not have easy access to exercise facilities as there is no gym in the city, Health Foundation is proud to support this opportunity to provide opportunities for better health." The KaBOOM! Park built in 2014 was created to give children a playground where they can interact with the environment and engage in physical activities. Since then, the park has expanded to include domino tables, a butterfly garden and shade landscaping, and through this grant will now provide accessible exercise facilities for residents.

"Our partnership with the Health Foundation of South Florida continues to help improve Opa-locka residents' well-being by facilitating the process for them to adopt active, healthy lifestyles," said Willie Logan, Ph.D., president & CEO of OLCDC. OLCDC, partners and residents are working toward eliminating barriers to healthcare services, physical activity, and living a healthier lifestyle through an increase in residents' health knowledge, access to physical activity opportunities, and health and wellness services. For more information, please contact Karla Gottlieb, Director of Community Initiatives & Compliance at OLCDC, at 305-687-3545, extension 229.

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ABOUT OLCDC

OLCDC was established in 1980 as a non-profit community development organization to address distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida communities. Its primary mission is to transform neighborhoods by capitalizing on existing community assets, empowering residents, as well as creating civic and economic initiatives that serve as a catalyst in promoting sustainable development. For more information, please visit www.olcdc.org.

About the Health Foundation of South Florida

Health Foundation of South Florida is a nonprofit grant making organization dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents. Since 1993, the Foundation awarded more than $113 million in grants and program support. For information, please call 305-374-7200 or visit www.hfsf.org.