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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana has granted the Ouachita Well Project almost $1 million in funding.

Of 49 grant applications, Ouachita Well was one of 12 selected to receive a foundation grant. The Monroe-based project was surprised when hearing the great news during a webcast.

"We were listening in, along with more than a hundred other people and organizations," says YMCA Executive Director Chris Pealer, "and found out when they called our name that we had gotten the grant."

The project now has a total of $2.4 million to help Ouachita Parish adopt healthier lifestyles, and those involved already have some ideas of how to put the money to good use.

"The city is going to continue making bike lanes for people to ride and walk and run along the city streets. The parish police jury is going to create some sidewalks as part of the Safe Routes to Schools program," says Pealer.

Louisiana was recently named as the state with the second highest obesity rate, and to help battle the bulge, the local YMCA is planning several new programs.

"One of them is the Trim Kids program which targets youth and their families for when the youth have been identified as obese. It teaches them how to exercise and how to eat better," says Pealer.

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