CEDAR FALLS | The Wellmark Foundation and the city of Cedar Falls will host a check presentation on Tuesday to kick off a community initiative that encourages ongoing, safe physical activity among school-age children.

With the help of a $50,000 grant from the foundation, the Cedar Falls initiative will close sidewalk gaps and add crosswalks around the community to ensure the safety of local children.

The project aims to address one of the primary causes of childhood obesity — inactivity — by providing children from six community elementary schools with a safe way to walk or bike to and from school.

The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Elementary, 321 W. Eighth St.

Those attending include Matt McGarvey, Wellmark Foundation director; Mayor Jon Crews; Kevin Blanshan, executive director of Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments; and Troy Becker, PEP grant program director with Cedar Falls Community Schools.

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