Do you want to see more programs for healthy living in schools in your community? Apply for the Parents for Healthy Kids Grant today, sponsored by ALDI through Action for Healthy Kids.
Have you ever wished your child’s school had more funding for healthy living programs? Do you wish they had a community garden or fun after-school physical activity program for the kids?
There are so many amazing ways to incorporate wellness into schools these days. Our local middle school partnered with an organic farm to create a CSA program for the community.
That program helps to fund an organic salad bar at the school. It’s such an amazing thing for our community and for the students that have access to this nutritious food. I love seeing healthy living in schools.
All it takes is one idea to spark change in our schools – and the funding to get the movement started. If you have a great idea for your child’s school but lack funding, here’s your chance to bring your idea to life.
Action for Healthy Kids recently introduced a new Parents for Healthy Kids Grant for the 2018-2019 school year. This grant is designed for parents and parent-groups (e.g. PTAs, PTOs) who want to help lead school-based physical activity and nutrition initiatives that promote healthy living in schools.
Need ideas on wellness programs your school could start? Here are a few:
- Community garden
- After-school physical activity program
- Morning yoga class
- School-provided salad bar
- Afternoon meditation time
- Update the playground
So far, Action for Healthy Kids has provided $7.7 million in grants to schools since 2009, so there are many schools using their grants from past years that can also help you with ideas.
Cabazon Elementary used its grant funds to create a series of nutrition promotion activities aimed at increasing students’ fruit and vegetable consumption, including healthy taste tests, garden activities, farmers’ markets and a farm-to-school program.
To track its progress, Cabazon also used some of the funds to conduct plate waste studies. As the staff hoped, the studies have shown that fewer fresh fruits and vegetables are being wasted now that the initiatives are in place.
Friendly Hills Middle School
Friendly Hills Middle School formed the Friendly Farmers club to give students who weren’t part of its traditional club offerings an opportunity to get involved in an activity outside of the classroom that would foster a sense of community and give them hands-on experience in a new area.
Members were tasked with planning, creating and maintaining an edible school garden, and the produce they harvested would be used in health and science classes for nutrition education, in taste tests of healthy foods that may not be a regular part of students’ diets, and to supplement the canned food the school sends home with students in economic need as part of its Backpack program.
Your Turn to Make a Change
We all know what a formidable force for change parents can be in schools. This is your chance to help your child’s school create a healthier learning environment for our kids.
Apply for a Parents for Healthy Kids Grant for your child’s school. In addition to providing schools with needed funding (grants up to $1,000), AFHK provides schools with technical support and resources to activate their grants.
Click here to learn more and apply for a grant by April 13, 2018.