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Action for Healthy Kids: Game On Grants

Deadline: April 7, 2017

Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is offering Game On grants for the 2016-17 school year. Game On is a no-cost online guide that provides information and resources that are needed to host a successful school wellness program in a school with the ultimate goal of getting schools nationally recognized as a health-promoting school.

Game On Grants will provide funding for physical activity and nutrition initiatives that support schools in becoming recognized as health-promoting. Grants will provide funding for:

Physical activity strategies:

  • Physical education equipment: Ensuring appropriate equipment for physical education classes so that all students engage in moderate-to- vigorous activity for at least 50% of physical education class
  • Outdoor active recess: Ensuring appropriate outdoor recess equipment and opportunities to increase physical activity during outdoor recess
  • Indoor active recess: Ensuring appropriate indoor recess equipment and opportunities to increase physical activity during indoor recess
  • Play space refurbishing: Ensuring play spaces such as playgrounds and walking trails are safe, appealing, and functional for students and the community
  • Gymnasium refurbishing: Ensuring the gymnasium, weight rooms, and other indoor physical activity spaces are safe, appealing, and functional for students and staff
  • Brain breaks/classroom physical activity: Providing short physical activity breaks in the classroom to increase daily physical activity and energize students to help them better focus on academic tasks
  • Before-school programming: Offering before-school physical activity programming such as open gym, walking clubs, intramurals, and exercise classes
  • After-school programming: Offering after-school physical activity programming such as open gym, walking clubs, intramurals, and exercise classes
  • Fitness assessments/testing: Assessing students’ ability as it relates to aerobic fitness, strength, and flexibility to help students and families understand how healthy they are and learn to set goals to improve
  • Walk/bike to school initiatives: Offering and promoting structured opportunities to walk or bike to and from school to increase daily physical activity

Nutrition strategies:

  • Classroom celebrations: Adding fruit, vegetable, low-fat/fat-free dairy products, and whole grain options to school events and celebrations
  • Smarter lunchrooms: Using evidence-based lunchroom-focused principles to “nudge” kids toward healthier eating
  • Competitive foods or smart snacks: Ensuring that foods and beverages sold at school outside of the school meal program are healthy and meet federal smart snacks standards
  • Healthy food taste testing: Encouraging students to try new healthy food options which they may have been reluctant to try in other environments
  • Nutrition education: Increasing nutrition education messages and channels to deliver messages in school and to home
  • School gardens: Creating a new or maintaining an existing edible garden or greenhouse
  • Salad bars: Offering and promoting fruits, vegetables, and salad in a school salad bar
  • Healthy fundraisers: Hosting fundraising events and activities that focus on non-food items or foods and beverages that meet federal nutrition standards
  • Classroom rewards: Rewarding students with non-food items and avoiding using physical activity as punishment
  • Healthy cooking classes: Hosting healthy cooking events and activities for students and their families to expose and promote them to healthy and appealing fruits and vegetables

Amount: Grants ranging from $500-$1,000 will be awarded to around 600 schools.

Eligibility: Schools in any state may apply. Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced priced meals may receive priority, but all schools are encouraged to apply.

Link: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/tools-for-schools/apply-for-grants

Note: A webinar will be held on February 21, 2017.

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