Today, Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) presented the Blackfoot Community Center, Inc. with a check for $5,000. This donation will help to provide funding for a multi-sport court/gym floor in their new facility, now located in the Riverside Plaza (formerly the Honk’s store.)
The mission of the Blackfoot Community Center is to empower children, youth and families by promoting opportunities for healthy emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth. “Their mission and vision closely aligns with our own in promoting health and wellness in the community, and we’re proud to support and help them accomplish their goals,” says Jake Erikson, chief operating officer at BMH. “We strongly believe in wholesome recreational activity for the youth of our community, and the work they are doing to encourage activity among kids is inspiring.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity in childhood is associated with improved strength and endurance, reduced stress and anxiety, lower body mass index and improved cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition, physical activity in childhood helps to ward off chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers.
“We are extremely grateful for Bingham Memorial’s support,” says Ashlee Howell, executive director of the Blackfoot Community Center, Inc. “Their support will be an investment into years of quality health programming, initiatives, and educational efforts benefiting the children, youth, and families of eastern Idaho.”