LOUISIANA RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT TO IMPROVE STUDENT HEALTH
Louisiana has been selected to receive a federal grant to improve student health and academic achievement through nutrition, physical activity and the management of students’ chronic health conditions. The grant, which is valued at $350,000 a year for five years, will benefit student health initiatives.
“We are thrilled Louisiana has been selected as a recipient of this federal grant,” said State Superintendent John White. “The funding will help our schools increase the number of students who consume nutritious food and beverages, who participate in daily physical education and activity, and who can effectively manage their chronic health conditions.” This is including, but not limited to, poor oral health, asthma, food allergies, and diabetes.
Well-Ahead and the Department of Education will partner with public elementary, middle and high schools systems in Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, St. Landry and Tangipahoa parishes, as well as the City of Monroe to administer this grant. These school systems were selected based on need following a statewide evaluation of school environments and parish-wide health data. Each school system will be awarded between $8,000 and $10,000 for health initiatives per year of the five-year grant.
“Schools play a critical role in helping students establish lifelong healthy behaviors,” said Director of Well-Ahead Louisiana, Melissa Martin. “We are excited to continue our partnership with the Department of Education to ensure all students have the opportunity to be healthy and successful!”
This grant will support approximately 278 schools and 146,461 students in healthy eating, physical activity, and effective management of chronic health conditions can help improve academic achievement.
DID YOU KNOW?
Louisiana ranks 19th in the nation for obesity among adolescents 10-17 years old and 34th for obesity among children 2-4 years old
According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 4 out of 5 Louisiana high school students fail to participate in 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
MOVING LOUISIANA’S HEALTH FORWARD
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