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Brooksie Way Minigrants to Help Royal Oak 'Healthy' Projects

Seven Oakland County entities promoting healthy, active lifestyles received nearly $8,000 in funds.

Families from all over Oakland County will come to the South Oakland YMCA for a wellness expo — made possible in part by The Brooksie Way Minigrant program.

The Royal Oak Community Coalition in partnership with the South Oakland YMCA, are among seven Oakland County entities to receive nearly $8,000 in funds, county officials announced on Thursday in Waterford. Minigrant funds will be used to sponsor a Holistic Health and Wellness Expo for Oakland County residents and families on Mar. 16 at YMCA.

The Judson Center, another Royal Oak-based organization involved in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, was also among the recipients. Their funds will go towards The Yoga Project, which offers yoga classes once a week to help kids let go of aggressive behaviors by encouraging relaxation, building self-esteem, reducing physical pain and aiding in emotional regulation. 

The other awards went to the Michigan Senior Olympics, the Rochester DDA, the City of Auburn Hills, McLaren Oakland, and Oakland Schools.

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson created the minigrant program to use proceeds from The Brooksie Way Half Marathon to support wellness programs in Oakland County. The maximum award is $2,000, and the awards are reviewed and distributed three times a year.

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