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Orlando's Hebni Nutrition Consultants Receives $10K USTA Tennis Grant

February 1, 2010 06:00 PM
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Orlando-based Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc., has been awarded a $10,000 grant from USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), under its "Aces for Kids" grants umbrella.

USTA Serves awarded 24 total year-end grants of $297,325, and combined with scholarship awards, USTA Serves distributed nearly $1 million in 2009. USTA Serves, the "Foundation for Academics. Character. Excellence," awards grants to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.

Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. (HNC) is a community-based non-profit organization committed to improving consumers' health by providing comprehensive nutrition information through seminars and education programs. HNC targets culturally-diverse populations who are at risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension and other diet-related diseases. The grant funds will be used to expand its health and wellness program, K.Y.D.S. (Keeping Your Diet Straight) Take Charge, to include weekly tennis instruction. The program reaches approximately 85 minority students each year who are at risk for Type II diabetes and obesity, and provides weekly nutrition education and exercise demonstrations, as well as healthy cooking classes. The KYDS program has served more than 300 youth, ages 9-15, since its inception in 2006.
"These programs are impacting the future of thousands of children, helping them to develop a healthy mentality and vital life skills that they will carry into adulthood," said Karen Martin-Eliezer, chief executive, USTA Serves. "We are grateful for the generous support of the many corporations and individual donors that empower USTA Serves to distribute these life-changing funds."

Aces for Kids is a national initiative of USTA Serves. It strives to promote healthy lifestyles by combating childhood/adult obesity by providing disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. At Aces for Kids program sites, children between the ages of 5-18 learn about healthy nutrition and lifestyles, responsible citizenship, study skills, and computer literacy; interact with a mentor and other students; attend college preparatory sessions; and learn to play tennis in a team format.

The 2009 USTA Serves year-end grants recipients:

1.      Abundant Waters, New York, N.Y.
2.      A's & Aces, New Orleans, La.
3.      Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
4.      CHAMPS Afterschool Enrichment Program, Erie, Pa.
5.      City Parks Foundation, New York, N.Y.
6.      Earthen Vessels Outreach, Pittsburgh, Pa.
7.      Family and Children's Association, Mineola, N.Y.
8.      Hamilton County Community Tennis Association, Indianapolis, Ind.
9.      Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program, New York, N.Y.
10.     Harper for Kids, San Francisco, Calif.
11.     Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
12.     Houston Tennis Association Inc./NJTL, Houston, Texas
13.     I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Boulder, Colo.
14.     Indianola Main Street Association, Indianola, Miss.
15.     Mentoring USA Inc., New York, N.Y.
16.     Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, Inc., Norwalk, Conn.
17.     Ossining Community Tennis Association Inc., Ossining, N.Y.
18.     Project Lovematch Inc., Saddle River, N.J.
19.     Sportsmen's Tennis Club Inc., Dorchester, Mass.
20.     Tennis in the 'Hood Inc., Fayetteville, Ga.
21.     The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc., Langhorne, Pa.
22.     United Neighbors, Inc., Davenport, Iowa
23.     University of Akron, Dept. of Sport Science & Wellness, Akron, Ohio
24.     University of Hawaii's Ace to Success, Honolulu, Hawaii 





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