Adaptive Movement for All – Coordinated by Ballet Chelsea, this adaptive movement fitness class reaches residents ages 3 to 93 with specific interventions for special education students and adults with disabilities. Expanded activities this year will include additional classes for the community.

Total Budget: $6,500

Sweet Soles – Manchester Community Schools will coordinate a student-led initiative to engage new high school runners and walkers in a weekly running group. Activity trackers will be provided for all participants, and runners will train through the Couch to 5K and Sweet Soles final 5K community-wide event.

Total Budget:$4,000

Manchester Summer Swimming – Manchester Community Schools will provide summer swimming classes for youth who attend the Manchester Kids Club Center activities, aimed at promoting physical activity and decreasing screen time for kids. Transportation to swim classes is provided.

Total Budget: $2,80

Cooking Matters– Michigan State University Extension Services will present Cooking Matters, a 6-week class that addresses the basics of food preparation.  Participants receive training, grocery tours and the ingredients to make healthier food at home

Total Budget: $800

Marketing Banners – Design and production of marketing banners will be displayed in the community to increase awareness of the 5HF and the Manchester Wellness Coalition’s local efforts to promote wellness.

Total Budget: $500

Manchester Area Big Tree Search – The Manchester Mirror will sponsor the Big Tree Search Project, an opportunity for area youth and their families to move more outside, learn about trees indigenous to the region, and win a prize.

Total Budget: $400

Outdoor Exercise Equipment Installation– The Village of Manchester will install a piece of outdoor equipment with educational signage adjacent to the Manchester Shared Use Trail at the Chi-Broil Park to promote strength and conditioning exercises for middle school age youth and adults.

Total Budget: $2,500

Community and School Gardens – As the fiscal oversight organization, Manchester Community Schools works with many volunteers to coordinate the Community and School Gardens Program with support from grants, donations and many community organizations. The goal is to promote fruit and vegetable consumption by offering pre-school and elementary students the opportunity to manage gardens, provide free seeds, offer garden plots to community residents, and sponsor a take home garden event at the Farmers Market.

Total Budget: $1,400

MMLB 2 and DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program) – In collaboration with 5HF, the goal of the MMLB Challenge is to promote healthy weight and support Manchester residents in their goal to lose 2000 pounds over time. Using activity trackers, walking groups, online weight loss tools and more, this intensive weight loss program will also include pre diabetes education modules.

Total Budget:$13,400

WELCOA Workplace Wellness Materials– Manchester District Library will house workplace wellness materials that will be accessible to local employers and employees. These materials will offer new resources for the worksite. Materials will also be distributed to local businesses for easy access by their employees. This intervention focuses on collaboration with our business community to impact our NEAT score and improve lifestyles. For more information visit:

Total Budget: $300

Manchester Farmers Market – The Village of Manchester’s Farmers Market Committee coordinates the summer Farmers Market May through October. Fresh produce, craft vendors, food demonstrations, kids’ tents and more activities to promote healthy eating, consumption of fresh local produce, and reduced screen time among youth. For more information visit: or

Total Budget: $8,000

Riverfolk Summer Gazebo Concerts – The Riverfolk Music Festival will continue its Thursday evening outdoor concert series in the summer. Seven concerts appropriate for audiences of all ages will promote community connections and a departure from screen time. For more information visit: FB:

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Total Budget: $2,000

Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs – Manchester Community Schools will continue its focus on developing youth leadership through community service projects for 110 students in grades 5-12. This student-led initiative allows students to identify and select community service projects of interest, and plan and implement a fundraising component to benefit the community. Program funding will support staffing since no community volunteer is available to continue in this role.

Total Budget: $7,500

Manchester 2017 Sesquicentennial Events– The Manchester Area Historical Society is pleased to sponsor its celebration of Manchester’s 150 year anniversary of incorporation as a village and the many families who have lived here for generations. Special events include a wide range of community activities and re-enactments for all ages to learn about and experience the history of life in Manchester. For more information visit: or

Total Budget: $1,500

SRSLY Manchester – St. Joseph Mercy/Chelsea staffs and coordinates SRSLY Manchester for area youth to educate and prevent alcohol and drug use. This year, SRSLY Manchester and Drugs 101 will combine forces to offer youth leadership and community education engagement strategies aimed at students ages 10-18. For more information visit: or

Total Budget: $23,400