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Bemidji Parks & Rec receives $1,000 grant

The Minnesota Beverage Association and the American Beverage Association have announced the award of a $1,000 grant to the Bemidji Parks & Recreation Department's Movement and Play Time, or MAP Time, a free activity program for preschoolers held in the gym at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area.

The grant is provided to MAP Time through a matching grant program, part of the nonalcoholic beverage industry's commitment promoting health and wellness as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce childhood obesity nationwide. The theme of the grant program is "Doing our Part to Promote Health."

"Minnesota's beverage industry is particularly pleased with the focus of the program -- to provide opportunities for area children to stay physically active during the winter months when it is too cold for them to safely play outside," said Tim Wilkin, president of the Minnesota Beverage Association.

Wilken said the grant program specifically sought programs that work to keep children active, which helps reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

The Minnesota Beverage Association represents bottlers and distributors of non-alcoholic beverages in Minnesota. The American Beverage Association represents the broad spectrum of companies that manufacture and distribute nonalcoholic beverages in the United States.