Elementary Schools Can Still Apply for Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants

Building Healthy Communities grant applications are still being accepted for the 2012-2013 school year. Selected elementary schools will receive a healthy school transformation package of program materials, curriculum, equipment, professional development, mentoring and technical support valued at $30,000.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 30.

We are excited about the upcoming Building Healthy Communities program year and some of the new elements offered to participating schools. Last fall, Blue Cross announced its expanded commitment to combating childhood obesity by partnering with the Center for School Health in the College of Education at Wayne State University and the Michigan Fitness Foundation on its Building Healthy Communities school-based childhood obesity initiative.

Although BCBSM has supported childhood obesity prevention efforts since 2004 with more than $4.3 million in grant funding, we know we need to continue our efforts and build a greater coalition. Obviously there is much work to be done, as 30.6 percent of youth ages 10 to 17 in Michigan are overweight.

We believe the collaborative expertise of our partners will make a difference in the health of Michigan families and we look forward to working with schools in this effort.

To apply for the grant applications, click here.

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