CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) announces 100 recipients of School Grants for Healthy Kids for the 2017-2018 school year, made possible by funding from Saputo. Awarded in California, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, the Game On grants aim to expand student access to in-school physical activity and healthy foods, improve knowledge and behaviors around exercise and nutrition, and engage parents in activities that reinforce healthy habits at home.
The Saputo-funded Game On grants range from $500 to help returning grantees sustain their programs to $1,000 for new grantees. These funds will be used for a variety of wellness purposes including:
- Physical activity components, such as funding for physical education, active indoor and outdoor recess, classroom energizers, walking and running clubs, and before- and after-school programs; and
- Nutrition components, such as education, school gardens, taste tests, and healthy classroom parties and celebrations that introduce students to the value of an active, healthy lifestyle.
Thanks to Saputo's support the grants are expected to impact more than 52,000 students this school year and are part of Saputo's long-term commitment to expand the grants to reach 240 schools and 100,000 students over the three-year partnership.
"With Saputo's continued support, we are able to provide much-needed resources in the form of grants and technical assistance that will help put more schools on the path to becoming health-promoting environments and impact students well beyond this school year," said Rob Bisceglie, CEO, Action for Healthy Kids.
In addition to funding, AFHK provides technical assistance to help schools successfully implement their grants and utilize AFHK's Game On program to advance their health and wellness environments. For a complete list of schools funded by Saputo, visit ActionforHealthyKids.org/Saputo.
To learn more about Saputo's community engagement, visit saputo.com/en/Our-Promise/Community.
About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® is a nationwide grassroots network mobilizing school professionals, families and communities to take actions that improve school foods, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education for all students. Through funding opportunities, expert technical assistance, and our flagship program, Game On, Action for Healthy Kids supports schools in developing healthy environments where children thrive. To learn more about the ways our 120,000+ volunteer network is helping to make every kid healthy, active and ready to learn, visit us at ActionforHealthyKids.org, on Facebook (facebook.com/act4healthykids) and on Twitter (twitter.com/Act4HlthyKids).
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