While it has been a while since this year’s grant award winners were announced (September 30, 2010), here’s a short description of the 77 grants that were funded this year. Congrats to all of the winners!
Background: The purpose of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant is to assist LEAs and CBOs to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs that help students in kindergarten through 12th grade meet their state standards for physical education. The absolute priority for this program requires that an applicant propose a program that will address its State’s physical education standards and develop, expand, or improve its physical education program for students kindergarten through grade 12 by undertaking instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and at one of the authorized physical fitness activities.
OSDFS is pleased to announce the FY 2010 awards for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). This year, OSDFS strengthened and enhanced PEP to support a broader, strategic vision for (a) encouraging the development of lifelong healthy habits, and (b) improving nutrition and physical education programming and policies in schools and communities to prevent obesity and to decrease the number of children who are overweight or obese.
2010 Award Abstracts
Marana Unified School District (AZ) – $389,059
Marana Unified School District’s project is geared to addressing gaps revealed through their School Health Index, including aligning to the Arizona physical education standards, having professional development for teachers necessary to deliver a research-based standards-driven physical education program; and a shortage of teachers, facilities, and equipment. This project will help teachers employ the Physical Best program and the FitnessGram/ActivityGram, completely revise the curriculum, and significantly increase the number of students participating in physical activity. They will focus on revising physical education policies, such as working toward requiring all 7th and 8th graders to complete at least 1 semester of PE class.
Payson Unified School District (AZ) – $484,066
This project will serve all 2,673 K-12 students in Payson County and will address the critical gaps in their PE program. Components of the program include rewriting the PE curriculum aligned to state standards; providing relevant comprehensive professional development opportunities for all PE teachers; purchasing new equipment; implementing a proven reference-based nutrition education component into the PE program; and providing opportunities for students to participate in healthy, supervised physical activities after-school. Additionally, this project will focus on better meeting the needs of students with special needs by ensuring that the activities and equipment are well-suited to meeting the needs of these students.
Anaheim Union High School District (CA) – $554,303
The purpose of the Anaheim PEP Project is to build a coordinated project that develops the Anaheim Union High School District physical education program so all 7-12 students can meet the goals of the California State Standards for Physical Education by addressing the needs revealed in our district wide assessment and in School Health Index Report (SHI). This project will meet the identified needs of the children of the community by using comprehensive nutrition, fitness and activity design strategies that include action steps for program alignment between curriculum, instruction and assessment matched to the state standards. The project will also address gaps by improving district policies, joining forces with community based partners and following a clear management plan to guarantee sustainability after the funding ends. The program design aligns with state standards and a coordinated school health model. The K-12 program redesign will be community-based and grounded in sound principles of building capacity for long-term program change. This is truly a community based project and proposal. The Anaheim Union High School District has rallied the support of our staff, parents, city government and social service agencies to address this critical issue: the fitness and health of the children. This program, in alliance with community partners and parents will positively impact the students’ lives.
Bert Corona Charter School (CA) – $750,000
Bert Corona Charter School will expand and improve school physical education programs in 9 direct funded charter and pilot schools in the communities of the East San Fernando Valley and Central Los Angeles through instruction in healthy eating habits and nutrition and physical fitness activities to help students meet California state physical education standards. Objectives for the project include increasing the proportion of adolescents who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity, increasing the percentage of students who achieve age-appropriate cardiovascular fitness levels, increasing the proportion of students who consume at least 5 daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and improved scores on the California Physical Fitness Test.
Boys and Girls Club of Whittier (CA) – $205,931
The Boys & Girls Club of Whittier is committed to designing a variety of programs that engage our members in daily physical activity resulting in physical fitness through education and movement. The program is designed to assist 700 students will engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity as well as implement two evidence-based programs, HOPSports and SPARK AR. These two programs will yield more than 160 lesson plans on topics such as: Aerobics, Baseball, Basketball, Cardio-Kickboxing, Dance, Football, Soccer, and Volleyball just to name a few. Our desired outcome is to produce a positive impact on childhood obesity, as well as provide a stimulating environment for significantly improving cardiovascular fitness.
Break the Barriers (CA) – $625,000
Break the Barriers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Fresno, California, will develop a program entitled Activity4All (A4A). Break the Barriers was formed in 1985 to provide fitness and physical activity opportunities for children and youth of all abilities. The Activity4All program will improve and expand the P.E/Adaptive P.E., nutrition, and fitness programs in California’s Central Valley, which includes Fresno County 33 school districts and 311 schools and Madera County 8 school districts and 71 schools.
California College Career and Technical Education Center (CA) – $338,174
The California College Career and Technical Education Center (CCCTEC) is a new California State Board of Education-chartered alternative high school in West Sacramento, California. CCCTEC will open with approximately 250 9th and 10th grade students in fall 2010, expanding to 375 9th – 11th grade students by fall 2011, and 500 9th – 12th grade students by fall 2012. CCCTEC will implement Project REACH (Reaching for Energy And Continual Health) in collaboration with a variety of community partners to address identified gaps in health, fitness, and nutrition of incoming students. Project REACH is a school-wide program designed to increase student health, fitness, and knowledge about nutrition, and develop a high quality, standards-based physical education program. The three goals and eight objectives of Project REACH are achieved through a variety of activities including: use of pedometers to increase and monitor student physical activity that raises cardiovascular fitness levels; enhanced food services that include a rich student-selected menu of healthy food choices; student advisement on healthy food choices; and integration of health and nutrition concepts throughout the CCCTEC curriculum.
Lawndale Elementary School District (CA) – $438,723
The City of Lawndale is an urban, working class, low income majority Latino community of 32,000 residents located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. The vision of Project Energy Boosters is to create a culture of daily physical activity and balanced nutritional practices across the LESD. Project activities target the population of K-5 students to increase physical activity and healthier eating habits; it allows their teachers to champion fitness and nutrition and community stakeholders who will build community capacity and local recreational infrastructure. Multiple innovative strategies are designed to accomplish and document progress towards defined goals and objectives for each population group. The resources and professional networks of the Project partners are expected to bring new physical activity and nutrition resources to the community through coordinated efforts with private and governmental entities.
Moorpark Unified School District (CA) – $383,781
The Let’s Move Moorpark Project will address essential California physical education standards and expand and enhance the District’s physical education program to be inclusive of healthy eating habits and good nutrition. It will do so through development of a coherent, coordinated “whole-child” approach to physical activity and nutrition at the K-5 elementary level, which has the grade span of the greatest need based on the SHI and other assessments. The project will identify and promote opportunities to increase students’ physical activity throughout and beyond the school day, including physical education instruction (Game Day and Peaceful Playgrounds), recess activities (Peaceful Playgrounds), physical activity during academic time (Active Collaborative Teaching and JAM, afterschool opportunities (All Stars, Triple Play, and district and partner activities), and nutrition education (Nutrition Solutions).
Napa County Office of Education (CA) – $208,049
The Napa County Office of Education and partners propose to fund a comprehensive physical activity, health and nutrition program to directly serve 5,131 K–8th grade students in 43 elementary and middle schools and to expand three model Healthy Behavior Learning Centers to support the implementation of comprehensive PE, health, and nutrition education in after school across California. This program, the Healthy Behaviors Initiatives PEP Project (HBI), will help K-8 grade students, including those with disabilities, meet California standards in physical education while supporting after school programs across the state in their efforts to provide high quality PE and nutrition programming. HBI will provide each partner school with curricula and curricular materials in both physical and nutrition education; training in the curricula; equipment and supplies to support the curricula; follow up technical assistance, feedback, and evaluation of the implementation of the curricula. The Learning Centers will offer training, site visits, and follow up coaching to all California state-funded after school programs, impacting 300 additional staff each year and exposing them to best practices in physical and nutrition education particularly in the after school setting. HBI will fill the gap created by insufficient PE time and student physical activity during the school day, which in turn will help students make progress toward meeting State standards for physical fitness. Schools will benefit from long-lasting policy changes, while after school programs across the state will be better prepared to meet the PE and nutrition education needs of their students.
* Northridge Hospital Foundation (CA)- $539,357
The PEP 4 Kids Project is being submitted on behalf of Northridge Hospital Foundation and associated community partners to change the culture and practices of six elementary schools serving 4,800 primarily Latino low-income students in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. With little or no formal physical education and nutrition programs in place, 75% of 5th grade students fail to pass all six elements of the annual California Fitnessgram. Northridge Hospital Foundation proposes to help students meet the required Physical Education State Standards and reverse the growing childhood overweight and obesity epidemic, by launching a new community-wide PEP 4 Kids effort.
This proposed project will, significantly increase the number of minutes students engage in daily physical activity in order to meet the PE State standards, implement more focused physical education and nutrition programs for students, parents and teachers to significantly improve their daily fitness and eating behaviors, provide professional development to teachers in evidence-based fitness and nutrition curricula using a team teaching approach led by credentialed PE teachers, provide teachers’ aides and after-school staff with the tools and skills to incorporate physical activity supported by curricula into playtime (recess, lunch and after-school), collaborate with community partners to provide parents with fitness and nutrition programs, and training to advocate for improved school-wide health policies, and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the program through collection of BMI data, pedometer readings, nutrition surveys and the use of PE software (Virtual PE Administrator) to record data, develop improvement plans and reports.
The PEP 4 Kids Project will dramatically change the health behaviors of the targeted community by addressing three pillars of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative including, helping parents make healthy family choices, improving the health of schools, and increasing physical activity opportunities.
Pacific Camp Family Resource (CA) – $653,848
Pacific Camp Family Resource, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization located in Southern California, will maintain and enhance the on-going Active Life Project to help students in grades K-12 to achieve GPRA goals for physical activity, physical fitness, and healthy eating, by meeting California state standards for physical education. Unfortunately, many California students have fallen far short of the mandated minutes invested in physical activity and have failed annual fitness tests. In partnership with a local LEA (Inner City Education Foundation), Ventura County Public Health, a Underwood Farms, and Community Leaders, Pacific Camps will serve at least 9,900 children in the three-year proposed program where students are motivated to make healthy eating choices and keep physically active by mentor staff, cutting edge recreation, and a supportive environment in both a school setting and an afterschool setting.
San Antonio Union Elementary School District (CA) – $104,275
San Antonio Union Elementary School District, proposes to enhance and improve physical education, physical fitness activities and healthy eating in a rural and remote district in southern Monterey County. The grant funds will be used to address increased levels of physical activity, to enhance physical fitness and to promote healthy nutritional habits of, both, students and families. A priority is servicing schools with a high percentage of low-income children Hispanic and military. The In-SHAPE program seeks to, place an In-SHAPE Teacher Leader to teach standards-based quality physical education during the school day, provide high quality, targeted professional development to enhance classroom teachers’ knowledge and skill level of physical education and nutrition curriculum in partnership with California State University Monterey Bay and support of the Monterey County Health Department and Big Sur Marathon.
Soledad Unified School District (CA) – $474,000
Due to the growing number of health issues facing youth in the area, including diabetes and asthma, and the need to dramatically restructure the district’s physical education and nutrition education programs, SUSD developed Project SHINE (Soledad Health Integrating Nutrition and Exercise), a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) designed to help students meet state standards for physical education. The goal of Project SHINE is to promote the physical health of all SUSD students in grades K-10 (3,642 students) by a) providing high quality teacher training and coaching in physical education standards, b) developing a standards-based K-6 PE curriculum, c) developing a standards-based, coordinated K-8 nutrition education curriculum, d) providing the materials and supplies necessary to implement the curriculum, e) developing a school-wide focus on nutrition and physical activity at each SUSD school, and f) developing procedures for monitoring, reviewing, and updating physical education policies. The following 6 objectives will guide the project: 1) All students will receive a minimum number of formal standards-based physical education instruction; 2) 90% of students in grades K-10 will participate in 60 minutes of daily physical activity; 3) 80% of middle and high school students will achieve age appropriate cardiovascular fitness levels; 4) 90% of K-10 participants will consume fruit two or more times per day, and vegetables three or more times per day; 5) 80% of SUSD K-10 students will have a healthy BMI or will have made statistically significant progress toward a healthy BMI by June 20, 2013; and 6) SUSD will document progress toward the development of capacity to sustain the project after the federal funding period, through institutionalization of core project components and development/maintenance of appropriate nutrition, wellness, and physical activity policies.
Whittier City School District (CA) -$393,979
WCSD uses certificated teachers to provide physical education for its approximately 6,600 K-8th grade students. The Reach For The Stars (RFTS) Before and After School and Jump Start Summer programs serve approximately 1,800 of those students annually. The H.E.A.R.T. Project will expand the RFTS Health, Education, Activity, Recreation and Training Project (H.E.A.R.T.) to include all 6,600 students and 240 teachers. This Project will create a School Improvement Plan that will address all gaps and weaknesses addressed in Whittier City School District’s self-assessment on the School Health Index (SHI) Assessment, modules 1-4. The Project design addresses all five California State Physical Education Standards, six PEP Program Elements, and three GPRA Measures.
The three goals of this project are to; 1) Increase the percentage of students who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity, 2) Increase the percentage of students who achieve age-appropriate cardiovascular fitness levels, 3) Increase the percentage of students served by the grant who consumed fruit two or more times per day and vegetables three or more times per day. The H.E.A.R.T. Project has set measurable goals and objectives that will ensure success.
During the thirty-six month project, all K-8th sites will receive the necessary staff development, additional staff and materials to assist them in the implementation of this research based comprehensive approach to developing life-long physical fitness and healthy nutrition habits.
Telluride Medical Foundation (CO) – $571,446
The Telluride Medical Foundation established and actively runs the region-wide Healthy Youth Coalition for the sole purpose of improving the health and well-being of children and families in the Telluride area. Composed of 10 city, county, school and district, business, health, and community partners who represent every government youth, education, and health provider in the region, the Coalition will address the health needs of youth through its Get Youth Moving initiative. This three-year program will transform PE into a fun, engaging, and highly active class that uses the FitnessGram Assessment System to gauge children’s progress and accomplishments and where all efforts are targeted at meeting state and personal fitness standards. Classroom and after-school teachers will be trained and new programs will show children and their families how to cook and eat nutritiously. They will create and after-school program for more than 400 youth to engage in fitness challenges on ropes courses and in the outdoors and explore lifetime sports and recreational activities, like golf or hiking.
Baptist Health South Florida (FL) – $707,948
Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF), proposes to partner with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) in the project, SWAP, Schools Working at Prevention. This project will contribute to a system-wide curriculum change in high school physical education in the M-DCPS. Specific objectives of the project include, increasing physical activity as measured through pedometers and fitness assessments with an emphasis on cardiovascular fitness, increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed, and decreasing the percentage of high school students with high BMI through the monitoring of weight status and development of individual fitness and weight management plans. Based upon the needs assessments, this project will initiate curriculum changes by providing new technology tools such as HOPSports and iPads, to develop and expand wellness centers, and implement professional development that will lead to improved student performance on fitness tests including BMI and cardiovascular fitness. In addition, expanded instruction in nutrition education through the implementation of the HealthCorps program, developed by Dr. Oz, will lead to healthier eating habits.
School Board of Polk County (FL) – $336,696
The School Board of Polk County proposes 60+5 for Life, a new physical activity program that will boost their existing nutrition program to teach healthy lifestyle habits to 8,000 middle and high school students in 6 diverse secondary schools. The project activities are geared to include families that otherwise do not have ready access to fitness centers. The vision for the project is for every member of the school community to know that “60+5” means healthy living from 60 daily minutes of exercise and 5 fruits and vegetables daily habits for a resilient lifetime. The 60+5 for Life project will implement the district’s new curriculum maps for physical education, based on updated state standards. The grant will provide the means to establish professional development curriculum and train teachers at demonstration sites. An outside evaluator will inform staff and advisors throughout the project on progress toward goals to increase physical activity in students, regardless of PE enrollment, increase PE enrollments to promote personal fitness education through assessments and action plans, increase healthy eating habits, and change our PE paradigm from athletics to personal fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta (GA) – $626,902
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta (BGCA) serves children in living in inner-city public housing in metropolitan Richmond County and in public housing in neighboring, rural McDuffie County in Georgia. Georgia is facing an adult and child obesity epidemic. Residents of Richmond and McDuffie Counties have not been spared from the Georgia obesity epidemic, in fact they are among those showing greatest impact and those most at-risk. In an effort to address the childhood obesity crisis in metropolitan Richmond County and McDuffie County in Georgia and to ensure that students meet state physical education standards, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta and its partners will implement the BGCA PEP Project.
The BGCA PEP Project will address all six components of the Carol White Physical Education Program. The BGCA PEP Project will achieve the following goals and objectives to accomplish three desired outcomes for McDuffie County youth: 1) to improve students’ physical fitness, 2) to help them meet state standards, and 3) to instill lifetime fitness habits. The BGCA PEP Project will address weaknesses by implementing a comprehensive, fitness program focused on improving individual student fitness and developing lifelong wellness in the school system and in the after school programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Richmond and McDuffie Counties and in McDuffie County Schools.
The BGCA PEP Project provides curriculum, equipment, and training to school physical education instructors and standardized fitness assessments utilizing the FITNESSGRAM. The BGCA PEP Project is focused on helping students meet state standards and developing lifelong wellness in students and our community.
North Polk Community School District (IA) – $159,300
This project is the joint effort of the North Polk Community School District (Iowa); the cities of Alleman, Elkhart, Polk City, and Sheldahl; Polk County Public Health; and Iowa’s Statewide Family Engagement Center. The project will serve all 1,158 students (K-12 ) in the North Polk Community School District. Accordingly, our project uses both district and building level teams comprised of students, parents, school staff, and community members to support the activities under each of our 4 project goals. Goal 1 focuses on change at the district level to create policies and an environment which support improved health, fitness and nutrition. Goal 2 has been designed to address the health education needs of students which include the integration of topics on healthy eating and physical activities in both the elementary and secondary curricula. Goal 3 responds to the identified physical education curriculum issues as well as student fitness needs. Goal 4 will also promote healthy eating by improving what is included in school meals, a la carte lines, and in vending machines.
Carbondale Elementary School District #95 (IL) – $288,405
The Fresh, Fit, and Fly program is designed to help the Carbondale Elementary School District and community accelerate goals of meeting the details of the School Health Action Plan. Activities of the program are geared designed specifically to address the following goals: 1) Establish a sustainable and well coordinated district-community effort regarding the promotion of healthy living and wellness using the Coordinated School Health framework; 2) Establish a healthy living and wellness mindset throughout the school district; 3) Increase teachers’ overall knowledge of the state health and physical education standards and commensurate instructional practices through targeted curricular articulation meetings and intensive professional development. 4) Improve the overall eating habits and nutritional intake of Carbondale youth through an increase in knowledge of proper nutrition and modeling of balanced nutrition; and 5) Improve the overall physical fitness of Carbondale youth through increases in daily physical activity and knowledge of proper conditioning and exercise principles. Armed with scientifically based knowledge about nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyles, the students, families, and teachers will have a better understanding of how to stay well.
Community Consolidated Schools District 168 (IL) – $368,405
The Lifestyle Improvements through Fitness Education (LIFE) will serve all K-12 students in the district. LIFE has been collaboratively planned and designed to specifically address the critical gaps in the PE program. Components include: re-writing our PE curriculum, ensuring that it is 100% aligned to State Standards; Providing relevant, comprehensive professional development opportunities for all of our PE teachers; Adding new activities that will provide our students with a broad range of healthy, lifetime physical activities; Implementing a proven reference based nutrition curriculum; and providing opportunities for students to participate in healthy, supervised physical activities during the after school hours. LIFE is devoted to the improvement of the overall health and physical well being of all students. Addressing the Illinois State Standards for Physical Education and aligning instruction to teach and assess these standards will strengthen curriculum and its presentation to students.
Winnebago Community Unit School District 323 (IL) – $343,283
WinneBAGO Providing Opportunities for Wellness, Exercise, and Recreation (BAGO POWER) is a joint effort of the Winnebago Community Unit School District 323 (WCUSD- lead agency/fiscal manager), staff, students, parents and 17 community partners. The overall project goal is “to expand and improve the physical education programs (including afterschool/summer) for students in kindergarten through 12th grades to assist them in meeting state standards, in recognizing the vital role of leading a healthy lifestyle, in improving their cognitive, social and cooperative skills, and encouraging them to adopt daily physical activity and cardio fitness practices, as well as healthy eating habits”. The conceptual framework design is research-based, comprehensive & includes: sequential, integrated curriculum and assessment, intensive high-quality professional development, equipment/materials purchases, nutrition programming including fairs, and expanded student programming (i.e. summer camp/Adventure Quests, bicycling program, after school programs, intramurals, recreation nights, leadership camps, real life fitness challenges, follow up training, etc.). BAGO POWER ensures district policies/practices provide a strategic vision that ensures systemic changes in students’ overall habits and behaviors throughout the day, and allows them to adopt lifelong physical activity practices and healthy eating habits. BAGO POWER is aligned with the four pillars of Let’s Move and will ignite students to move toward a healthier life style.
Board of School Commissioners/Indianapolis Public Schools (IN) – $552,443
Board of School Commissioners/Indianapolis Public Schools, IPS has developed in partnership with a diverse team of community partners, a program called PE4Me. Each year, PE4Me will engage over 2,200 IPS children at six elementary schools and three middle schools. One hundred percent (100%) of the children served by PE4Me will be overweight, obese, or are experiencing at least one unhealthy lifestyle risk factor, such as low literacy levels, academic underachievement, domestic abuse and drug use in the home, poor health, and limited parent involvement. The goals of PE4Me are to increase the district’s ability to provide sequential nutrition education during and after-school, change policies that enhance healthy lifestyles, improve Adapted PE and adventure-based cooperative learning strategies to ensure that all students meet the physical, motor skill, cognitive, social, and emotional requirements of the Indiana State Standards for Physical Education, regardless of their ability. Strategic objectives of PE4Me include fitness assessments, curriculum improvement, professional development, policy change, and greater opportunities for fitness and nutrition education, physical activity, and cooperative learning for all students in class and after-school programs. PE4Me will increase the number of students who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity, achieve age-appropriate cardiovascular fitness levels, and consume the daily recommended number of fruits and vegetables.
Seaman Unified School District #345(KS) – $314,145
The Seaman School District’s “Get Legit, Stay Fit!” program will serve their 3,643 K-12 students by implementing the evidence-based SPARK curriculum; engaging staff in professional development; implementing an evidence-based afterschool program with the Boys and Girls Club; and working towards improving the district’s physical education requirement policies and increasing the district’s healthy vending, ala carte, breakfast and lunch options. The district will collaborate closely with partners to enhance health and wellness education for the whole community.
Clinton County School District (KY) – $269,954
Located in rural Appalachian Kentucky, the Clinton School District will completely restructure the way that physical education is taught by aligning curriculum with state standards; providing increased opportunities and access for physical activity both during and after school; providing high-quality, intensive teacher training; and developing Individualized Physical Education Plans for each students. Clinton County’s main goals of the project are to (1) reduce childhood obesity in Clinton County by increasing the effectiveness of the district’s physical education and nutrition programs; and (2) to facilitate development of lifetime health eating and active living habits among Clinton County Students. Key program activities include the use of SPARK curriculum, the TriFti Assessment System in PE classes and bring activity into other classrooms using the Take 10! curriculum.
Covington Independent Public Schools (KY) – -$585,047
Healthy Covington’s project goal is to initiate, expand, and enhance physical education, implement instruction in health eating habits and good nutrition; and implement activities that provide a variety of fitness activities not currently available to students. Adoption of the SPARK curriculum will help Healthy Covington achieve some of their goals, in combination with a range of professional development opportunities, fitness field trips, and Family Fun Nights to expose parents and families to physical activities in which the youth are engaging. Through the Healthy Covington Task Force, Healthy Covington will unite a variety of community stakeholders into a team to make the local wellness policy into an active meaningful instrument that will address the greatest needs of students. The Northern Kentucky Health Department will provide support for nutrition professional development and the City of Covington will provide five weeks of summer programming for students to implement physical activity and nutrition activities.
Jefferson County Public Schools (KY) -$281,416
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), located in Louisville, Kentucky is the 28th largest school system in the U.S., serving a diverse student body of over 98,000. JCPS is committed to giving students equal access to learning opportunities. The project will strive to make institutional changes within schools to physical activity for students, provide nutrition education, and opportunities for school staff to understand the importance of these changes to prevent and control chronic diseases related to asthma and diabetes. This will be accomplished through several methods, including the Go Healthy Nutrition program, the Y5210 program, and the Funtastic Fitness Pedometer program. In addition, professional development opportunities for physical education teachers, as well as regular classroom teachers and nurses, related to assessment of body mass index and physical fitness in relation to chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes.
Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (KY) – $491,945
Project BALANCE is a collaborative effort of the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services, the North Central and Bullitt County Health Departments, four county judge executives, and the staff of four schools, aimed at improving and increasing the daily physical activity, cardiovascular fitness levels, and healthy eating habits of 1,300 students. Strategies include the use of formative assessments in physical education (PE) classes; implementing a sequential, rigorous PE curriculum; integrating physical activity and nutrition concepts into classroom instruction; enhancing physical activity, food, nutrition, and health/wellness policies; and family night programs to increase parental involvement in physical education. Weekly cognitive coaching for PE teachers provided by coaches and University of Louisville PE consultant will support improved PE instruction. The nutrition service working group will participate in training regarding the HealthierUS School Challenge and make requisite changes to allow them to apply for the HealthierUS Schools Challenge. Summer institutes will align professional development strategies to the Common Core State Standards Initiative for English, language arts, and mathematics in 2011 and new science and social studies standards in 2012.
* Woodford County Schools (KY) – $707,412
Beating Obesity via Lifestyle and Diet (BOLD) is a comprehensive, research-based program being submitted by Woodford County Schools (WCS). Located in a rural region of Kentucky, WCS has been experienced many of the health risk often associated by the “Stroke Belt” – a term given to the southern state by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for high childhood and adult obesity rates, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and type ii diabetes. While the school district has made numerous strides within the school nutrition and physical education programs, limited local and state resources have fallen short in meeting the needs of the county’s approximately 3,900 K-12 students. With more than a quarter of all students (27%) qualifying for free and/or reduced price lunch and a 12% exceptional children population, the proposed program will improve and expand the K-12 PE program through three major goals: 1. To increase the percentage of students meeting Kentucky State PE/Health Standards via the Virtual PE Administrator; 2. To increase the percentages as found on the School Health Index; 3. To increase the percentage of students achieving Woodford County Schools’ “Good Directions for Health” – (N – Nutrition, S – Sleep, W – Water, and E – Exercise).
Methuen Public Schools (MA) – $469,611
The primary goal of the Methuen Public Schools (MHS): Methuen in Motion Project is to provide programs, activities, and school-based and community supports in Grades K-12 that enable students to become physically fit, eat a healthy diet, and lead a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Methuen in Motion is anticipated to result in the following outcomes: significantly increased district capacity to implement and sustain the project; all MPS K-12 students enabled to meet state standards for motor skills development, physical fitness, social and personal skills competency, and nutrition; increased number of students get along with others on the playgrounds and movement environments, demonstrate cooperative behavior and good sportsmanship in a competitive environment, and become knowledgeable about and participate in community-based physical activity opportunities; students with special health care needs participate in physical education classes with appropriate accommodations; and all staff delivering Methuen in Motion activities receive adequate professional development.
North River Collaborative (MA) – $749,479
The North River Collaborative’s Students Taking Responsibility for Individual Diet and Exercise (STRIDE) Initiative targets 12,085 students (grades K-12) in 22 schools across five school districts in Southeastern Massachusetts. STRIDE will implement a comprehensive model with three primary goals:
(1) increase the percentage of students who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity; increase the percentage of students who achieve age-appropriate cardiovascular fitness; and (3) improve instruction about and access to healthy nutrition. These goals will be accomplished by increasing time and modifying curriculum for physical education instruction, increasing opportunities for physical activity during out-of-school time, increasing access to nutritious food in school, increasing instruction in nutrition, and reviewing and updating appropriate policies related to physical activity and nutrition. By improving physical education and nutrition curriculum and instruction, and engaging the school, parents, and the community, STRIDE will coordinate a team approach to wellness. Ultimately, STRIDE will help our students take responsibility for their individual diet and exercise and find their own paths to healthy eating and a physically-fit lifestyle.
* Pittsfield Public Schools (MA) – $735,000
Balancing the Equation is project that takes a coordinated approach to students’ health based on collaboration between Pittsfield Public Schools and community partners Berkshire Health System’s Operation Better Start, the Pittsfield Family YMCA, and Mayor James Ruberto. Balancing the Equation will aggressively address the weaknesses in the existing school curriculum and provide a standardized sequential approach to physical education instruction, appropriate student assessment (Virtual PE Administrator), program-designated staff, and content-related professional development. Students will not only be given the opportunity, tools, and motivation to improve their physical fitness, but will learn the skills for proper nutrition and “energy balance”, as they work together to complete the equation for total health. The Berkshire County Health Partnership looks forward to providing a viable community-wide effort to complete the equation for the total long-term health benefits of children and youth.
Scituate Public Schools (MA) – $472,283
Scituate Public Schools created the LIVE WELL project to serve more than 3200 student grades K-12. The program is aligned with the MA Curriculum Framework and allows participants to experience a variety of physical activities including yoga, cooperative games, and snowshoeing. LIVE WELL includes physical activity options of for students both before and after school. This program is designed to engage students of all physical ability levels; incorporate a comprehensive and coordinated approach towards fitness and nutrition; and emphasize a developing knowledge of and skill in living a healthy, happy, and long life.
Wachusett Regional School District (MA) – $657,676
Wachusett Regional School District, located in Jefferson Massachusetts, serves nearly 7,500 students currently unprepared to meet state standards in physical education and nutrition. Be Fit! Is a program that has one main goal, to increase access to lifetime wellness activities for Wachusett Regional School District students, inclusive of fitness and nutrition programming before, during, and after-school. All 7,500 District students will become regular program participants, (engaged in Be Fit! activities at least eight times monthly). To assess movement towards this goal, the following strategic objectives will be tracked and measured: 1. At least 95% of regular program participants will increase the amount of time spent engaged in moderate to vigorous activity weekly, as measured through FitnessGram assessment tools monthly and compared to baseline data collected in October 2010. 2. At least 85% of regular program participants will increase their understanding of basic nutritional concepts, including but not limited to portion size, water consumption, healthy preparation, and the food pyramid, as measured quarterly through age appropriate pre- and post-tests. 3. At least 60% of regular program participants will make significant positive changes in eating habits, including but not limited to increasing milk and vegetable consumption, limiting snacking, becoming conscience of portion sizes, as measured quarterly through pre- and post-student surveys. 4. At least 85% of regular program participants will indicate satisfaction with physical education and fitness offerings and opportunities, as measured quarterly through student surveys.
RTR Public School (MN) – $420,408
The Fit and Healthy for Life will target three rural school districts in southeastern Minnesota which function as a single LEA and combined, served about 900 K-12 students. The goals of the Fit and Healthy for Life initiative are to: 1) improve the health, nutrition, and fitness outcomes of students; 2) increase PE teachers’ knowledge of evidence-based strategies to improve health, nutrition, and fitness outcomes; and 3) ensure that the PE curriculum is aligned with state standards. The project will align efforts with Local Wellness Policies and will be coordinated with Minnesota’s Plan to Reduce Obesity. The project will also use up-to-date technology, including HOPSports Training System to engage students.
About Our Kinds, Inc. (MO) – $750,000
Serving 1, 205 rural, high-need students, the mission of this project is to wrap students in a blanket of wellness strategies by integrating physical activity into a child’s day at school and in the community. WAVE’s philosophy is that physical education and activity is not just an event or a class that you attend but a cardinal part of a healthy, happy life. This approach not only assigns value to engaging in regular physical activity but also challenges students to “Catch the WAVE.” WAVE is designed to expand and improve PE programming to make progress toward meeting State PE standards by providing (1) equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in PE and physical activity and (2) funds for professional development. The collaboration joins a community-based organization, About Our Kinds( AOK), Inc with three schools, two local governments and nine community groups. AOK is an experienced federal grantee. Under this leadership, staff and coordination is in place.
Chilhowee R-IV School District (MO) – $202,561
The Commit to be Fit program will help the district and rural community develop a fitness-oriented PE programs for K-12 that meets PE state standards and improves the instructional skills of PE teachers, Specialists, classroom teachers and after-school program staff. Additionally, this program will implement nutrition components of the Comprehensive School Health Plan and Wellness Policy to promote health eating habits and good nutrition. Through the Commit to be Fit program, the district will integrate outdoor activities into the PE program that motivate students to increase the number of hours that they spend in physical activity out of school.
* Currituck County Public Schools (NC) – $737,891
Currituck County Public Schools is proposing to implement OCEAN (Obesity Cessation by Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) to address the dramatic increase in the rate of overweight students, which has risen from 13% in 2005 to 39% in 2009. The PEP grant is designed to create a “program of excellence” by implementing a research-based physical activity and nutrition program for elementary students, a middle school project to increase nutrition and weight management resources through physical education, and a complete re-design of the failing PE curriculum in high school so that a greater number of students can be helped to achieve personal fitness and nutrition goals. OCEAN represents a community approach that includes the school district using the Virtual PE Administrator, the Currituck YMCA, health department, food service, and the Mayor’s office.
Hebron Public Schools (ND) – $633,279
The Sullivan County BOCES serves more than 500 students in rural communities. A Task Force of administrators, teachers, nurses, food service workers, students and community partners collaborated to assess the quality of health and fitness education in targeted schools. In response to the findings that physical education does not provide students with quality learning experiences, BOCES collaborated with partners to design a project that will promote knowledge of fitness and wellness, improve instruction, use validated assessments to monitor student progress and promote fitness. The program will improve the curriculum, using SPARK and Project Adventure, expanded programs, parent and community involvement, and assessment and progress monitoring, enhanced professional development, and improved school policies.
TNT Kid’s Fitness (ND) – $380,487
TNT Kid’s Fitness Students of All Abilities Respected (SOAR), The Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley/Youth Commission Childcare Program (B&GRRV/YCCP) has formed a partnership with TNT Kid’s Fitness (TNT) to address weaknesses identified in the after school physical activity programming. TNT is a highly regarded organization in the community and is recognized for their work regarding children’s physical activity and their SOAR after school program. B&GCRRV/YCCP sought support from TNT is developing a more structured and comprehensive physical activity and nutrition program for their after school pilot program that would meet the needs of all students, regardless of their abilities.
Attica Central School District (NY) – $684,845
Attica Central School District (Attica CSD) is located in Upstate New York and serves 1,675 students in Grades K-12. Be Active for Life And make Nutritious Choices Every day! (BALANCE) is a program designed to increase the number of students who are achieving state standards and adhering to GRPA performance measures for age-appropriate cardiovascular activity and proper fruit and vegetable consumption. The goals include: revision and alignment of our PE curriculum to NYSS; incorporation of engaging and diverse equipment, including adaptive equipment; provision of professional development training opportunities and conferences for teachers; and expansion of opportunities for physical activity. We will also utilize the expertise of a nutrition consultant to integrate into the PE curriculum age-appropriate nutrition education and healthy eating promoting games and messages. These initiatives will be supplemented by the resources of community partners (Attica Recreation, Genesee Area YMCA, Attica Youth Athletics, Attica Boosters Club) and by the integration of state and national best practices into our project design. The BALANCE project will increase physical activity and healthy eating to help students reduce the incidence of overweight and obesity in Attica CSD and form healthy habits that will offer a lifetime of benefits to all.
Auburn Enlarged City School District (NY) – $438,331
The goals of project APEX (Auburn Physical Education Xcels) are to increase the amount of physical activity to meet goals related to fitness, nutrition, and activity levels; to increase student’s satisfaction with and engagement in PE through the use of equipment, technology, and awareness of personal fitness through the use of FitnessGram; and to increase knowledge and effective strategies of PE teachers through professional development. APEX will have an advisory committee that consists of the existing wellness committee members and will use a research-based state department of health initiative, Eat Well, Play Hard.
* Carthage Central School District (NY) – $496,981
This project, designed to serve 3,500 students in five schools, is a comprehensive K-12, multi-sector intervention that includes changes to the present physical education programming (Virtual PE Administrator), enhancing policies to encourage physical activity, nutrition education, and healthy eating, and increasing professional development. The district serves students from 11 rural, low-income towns, as well as students from Fort Drum Army Base. These students will be engaged in instruction in positive health behaviors, good nutrition, physical fitness and building an understanding of tracking personal fitness levels. The project will also be an impetus to increase community and school resources and venues for nutrition and physical activities to keep students engaged in physical activity year round.
Oakfield-Alabama Central School District (NY) – $446,625
Oakfield-Alabama Central School (OACS) is a small rural district located in Western New York State and comprised of 975 students in Grades K-12. Fired Up for Fitness will align the district’s curriculum to New York State Standards (NYSS), using the standards as benchmarks for student success related to cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, motor skills, strength, and MVPA levels. Students will have increased opportunities to be physically active, both in and out of school, and as a result will be able to meet GPRA measures for weekly PA. In addition, our project aims to actively reverse trends of sedentary living, rising levels of overweight and obesity, and unhealthy eating habits. Fired Up for Fitness has the support of district administrators as well as local community partners, the local YMCA and Youth Recreation Commission. The program integrates best practices and proven programs to build a sustainable model that will transform our currently inadequate PE program to one that is individually-focused and fully aligned with state standards and will get students Fired Up for Fitness!
Police Athletic League, Inc. (NY) – $388,924
This is a project to fill gaps and weaknesses that exist in meeting New York State physical education standards for K-8th grade students in Central Harlem, New York. The Police Athletic League (PAL) has formed an alliance with the Office of NYC Councilwoman, Inez Dickens, the NYC Department of Health, Healthy Schools/Healthy Families and Public School 180 (the LEA with the greatest number of students taking part in program activities) to operate a PEP project . Program activities will take place at PAL’s Harlem Center, located directly across the street from PS 180, within two block of PS 76 and within a half mile radius of four additional District #3 schools. PAL will partner with the schools in the District to enter into shared space agreements in which District #3 school will send students to the PAL facility for lunchtime physical fitness activities. In the first year 225 students will attend lunchtime activities at the PAL Center. The program will also offer after school activities for 225 students which will include physical fitness, nutrition education and life skills development. This project will give students from Central Harlem opportunities to take part in a variety of activities designed to improve their health, increase their physical fitness and develop lifelong healthy habits.
Sullivan County BOCES (NY) – $406,416
The Sullivan County BOCES serves more than 500 students in rural communities. A Task Force of administrators, teachers, nurses, food service workers, students and community partners collaborated to assess the quality of health and fitness education in targeted schools. In response to the findings that physical education does not provide students with quality learning experiences, BOCES collaborated with partners to design a project that will promote knowledge of fitness and wellness, improve instruction, use validated assessments to monitor student progress and promote fitness. The program will improve the curriculum, using SPARK and Project Adventure, expanded programs, parent and community involvement, and assessment and progress monitoring, enhanced professional development, and improved school policies.
West Babylon Union Free School District (NY) – $748,179
The Adventure in Lifetime Fitness is designed to be a comprehensive program that develops physical fitness and healthy nutrition into a lifetime plan for wellness. A curriculum consultant will assist WBUFSD by revising the PE curriculum and integrating nutrition education to build skills and knowledge across grade levels. PE teachers will be provided with additional professional development opportunities and attend conferences. PE Department Leadership will benefit from a mentoring program. An evidenced-based range of equipment that includes cardiovascular, lifetime fitness, weight training, adventure activity equipment, adaptive equipment, and individual assessment technology will be purchased to engage students and help them to meet GPRA performance measures. In school and out of school opportunities for PA will be expanded so that all students have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from a healthy level of fitness and nutrition that is part of each day.
Whitesville Central School District (NY) – $463,762
The Whitesville Central School District (WCSD) is located in the highly rural Southern Tier of Upstate New York and serves approximately 325 K-12 students through a one building school. The planned PEP project will: 1)realign the PE curriculum to include standards-based activities that are tied to specific learning objectives while also taking into account individual student fitness levels and abilities; 2) provide students the tools with which to accurately and objectively assess their personal fitness levels, establish personalized fitness plans with specific objectives and monitor their own progress towards achieving their specified fitness goals; 3) include a standards-based nutrition education component that teaches students basic nutritional concepts; 4) provide students with a greater variety of physical activities in which to participate and enable them to meet the GPRA required measures each week; 5) provide PE instructors with professional development opportunities that will educate them about the latest research, trends, strategies and resources that can help them to create an enjoyable PE environment that promotes lifelong wellness and has a positive impact on student fitness outcomes; and 6) provide WCSD students as well as students in nine neighboring school districts with opportunities to participate in physical education and health education for two hours daily four days per week throughout the summer. With the implantation of this project, WCSD plans on achieving 100% compliance with NYSPES and will greatly improve knowledge of nutrition, cardiovascular, and muscular endurance.
Ashland City School District (OH) – $414,054
Through a coherent physical education curriculum, schools play an integral role in teaching children and young adults the behavioral and cognitive skills requisite to enhancing their physical, social and emotional development. Ashland City School District (ACS) proposes to implement multi-year program titled, the AFTER Initiative to increase the percentage of students who make progress toward meeting Ohio’s Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education. In order to accomplish this, ACS proposes the following program goals: 1. Help students at all grade levels, all genders and all cultural and ethnic backgrounds make reasoned health-promoting decisions; 2. To increase the level of physical activity of students by providing PE teachers with access to state of the art training and development; 3. To enhance the nutrition of Ashland City School Students by implementing the USDA Changing the Scene program district wide; and 4. Fully develop Ashland City Schools’ vision of the AFTER initiative to further develop the fitness component of the existing Physical Education program and expand the options available through the program. Taken together, these goals represent a comprehensive plan for increasing the knowledge and overall health of the students, teachers and district both during and after school.
Kenston Public School District (OH) – $677,706
The Kenston Public School District is located in suburban Northeast, Ohio. It serves the townships of Auburn and Bainbridge in Geauga County, twenty-five miles southeast of downtown Cleveland. Kenston Schools is proposing to implement A New Approach to Fitness and Wellness (ANAFW). The overall aim of ANAFW is to address the childhood and adolescent obesity issue in the schools and improve overall health in the community through increased physical activity, weight management, stress reduction, nutrition education, and programs that stress the mind body and the spirit. The objectives of ANAFW are to: Increase the percentage of students who achieve 60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis as measured by pedometer and a physical activity recall survey; Increase the percentage of students who consume fruit two or more times per day and vegetables three or more times for day; Increase the percentage of students who achieve age appropriate cardiovascular fitness levels; and Increase the percentage of students who improve their body mass index (BMI) scores. ANAFW represents a true community-based approach that will serve all of Kenston’s more than 3,200 K-12 students—demonstrably and sustainably improving their health, nutrition and fitness outcomes.
* Kingfisher Public School (OK) – $696,724
Led by Kingfisher School District, the SNEAKERS (“Sensible, Nutritious Eating as Kids Exercise Regularly and Successfully”) project is a community partnership involves the Kingfisher County Health Department, Kingfisher’s Ministerial Alliance, a medical office, regional hospital, Child Nutrition Department and Mayor’s Office. The District will update and unify their physical education (PE) curriculum using the SPARK PE curriculum, as well as integrate personal assessment monitoring and tracking through the use of FitnessGram and the Virtual PE Administrator. The district will work with their health partners to create and sustain a model of tracking students’ body mass index (BMI) through the duration of the project.
ACMH Foundation (PA) – $404,557
HEALTHY Armstrong is a community based organization and a project of the Armstrong Community Memorial Hospital Foundation. Located in Armstrong County, HEALTHY Armstrong has developed the REACH (Reaching Everyone Actively Changing Habits)program to impact obesity and nutrition at the secondary school level. The REACH program, supported by the ASD and secondary school physical education staff, will provide assessment tools, curriculum changes, new equipment, professional development time and content – all necessary to move to a fitness-based instruction model at the secondary school level. HEALTHY Armstrong is committed to reducing the obesity rate in Armstrong County by expanding the successful programming that has been implemented at local elementary schools. This initiative has helped hold the obesity rate steady for the past four years and will now engage secondary school students in healthy eating and increased physical activity. This program will help to lower the obesity rate and ultimately break the cycle of obesity in Armstrong County.
Midd-West School District (PA) – $170,544
The overarching goal of the proposed Mustangs on the Move program is to educate students in the 9th-12th grades on the value of nutrition and physical activity as core, integrated components of a healthy life. This will be accomplished by reaching three key objectives: MWHS Health and Physical Education curricula will deliver integrated information, giving students a comprehensive picture of the long term relationship between nutrition, exercise and healthy living by meeting or exceeding the Pennsylvania State Standards for Health and Physical Education; MWSD High School students will increase their amount of physical activity; and MWSD Health and Physical Education teachers will engage in professional development opportunities on the local, state and national levels. Proposed activities include updating the existing curricula from the 2004 versions, outfitting the Wellness Center with state-of-the-art equipment and expanding its capacity beyond the current level of 8 students, and improving teachers’ knowledge and ability to deliver it. Improved eating habits, better BMI scores and enhanced knowledge of the relationship between nutrition, physical activity and a healthy future are among the anticipated outcomes.
Wellsboro Area School District (PA) – $342,457
Wellsboro Area School District (Wellsboro) proposes Wellsboro Fitness for Life program to reform and develop physical education (PE) and nutrition programs that are in alignment with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety and PE and to address gaps identified in the School Health Index self assessment. With a 65% overweight student population, reform is desperately needed to save lives! The level of reform required for the district to go from sports-center PE to a fitness-centered focus with nutrition elements requires a system wide, coordinated approach to include fitness and nutrition assessments, equipment, curriculum, professional development, evaluations, and extensive community partnership support. The primary goal of the program is to help students achieve lifelong fitness and health habits, the school district needs a comprehensive, integrated program providing state-of-the-art fitness equipment, consistent fitness assessments, student fitness planning and portfolio development, daily physical activities meeting all student interests, responsiveness to student diversity, self management, and improvement of social skills, and providing enjoyment and challenge; nutritional information, activities, and monitoring to provide for individual dietary improvement plans; improved curriculum; and staff development opportunities.
Charleston County School District (SC) – $512,872
The Charleston County School District will provide a focus on fitness and nutrition at eight targeted Title I schools serving 4,600 of the district’s more than 42,000 students. The schools were chosen in a elementary, middle, and high school cluster to provide consistency as students progress from kindergarten through graduation. A community partnership will bring together community members to assist and advise on grant implementation. Students served by this program will develop student nutrition plans, assess their own fitness levels in various physical activities, and teachers will receive a range of professional development to assist them in designing curriculum to help students meet their state standards for physical education.
Richland School District 2 (SC) – $571,872
This comprehensive PEP proposal has one clear goal: to address State physical education standards and expand and improve its physical education program for students at the middle school level by undertaking instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and many authorized physical fitness activities. Richland School District Two, the largest school district in the Midlands of South Carolina and one of the two fastest-growing of the 85 school districts in the state (SC Dept. of Ed. Rankings, 2009). Richland Two serves over 24,000 students in grades preK-12 and reports a 49% free or reduced lunch rate. Richland Two has a diverse student population, African American (59%), White (32%), Asian (2%), Hispanic (6%), and Other (1%).
York School District One (SC) – $173,844
York School District One will seek to meet their program’s goals of increasing the number of students who meet state physical education standards and engage in lifelong physical activities by providing after-school activity clubs that are provided by trained staff and community groups, parent training on healthy lifestyles, staff development on child health, nutrition, and the obesity epidemic, as well as by implementing FitnessGram via a partnership with the National Football League. This program will also provide targeted nutrition and healthy lifestyle instruction in collaboration with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension. The district will also review and modify district health, wellness, and physical activity related policies by a Health Advisory Committee and build linkages with Eat Smart, Move More York County and other community entities.
El Paso Independent School District (TX) – $389,671
El Paso Independent School District proposes to implement a District-wide initiative for all elementary students (K-5), called Pathways to Borderland Fitness, centered on increasing physical activity through quality physical education and before school programs; improving nutrition education through the coordinated school health program; and providing students with an opportunity to sample fruits and vegetables during the school day. A first ever partnership will be established with the Food Services Department. Over 75% of the 28,000 elementary students in the EPISD are economically disadvantaged.
Navasota Independent School District (TX) – $412,019
The Navasota Independent School District proposes to ensure that its program activities are aligned with not only the specific grant program requirements of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, but also with First lady Michelle Obama’s national challenge, Let’s Move, to confront childhood obesity. In such the NISD program includes activities and support structures for empowering parents, improving access to healthy foods, improving foods in schools and increasing physical activity. For program implementation to be successful, a comprehensive school based physical activity program must be married with curriculum based after school and summer activities, as well as, community based family activities. Furthermore, to facilitate success, the program activities must, meet the needs of the students, meet the needs of the families, meet the needs of the school and community, be enjoyable for students, efficiently use PE class time for physical activity, provide for supplemental opportunities to be active, include educational components for good nutrition, teach personal responsibility and awareness for physical activity and healthy habits and emphasize components that will promote a lifetime of physical activity. NISD program focuses on building capacity and sustainability of the program by utilizing extensive professional development and encouraging teaching to see national certifications.
North East Independent School District (TX) – $733,680
The North East Independent School District (NEISD) is the eighth largest school district in Texas. Its physical education program serves over 66,000 students in grades K-12. NEISD proposes “Wellness in NEISD” (WIN), based on creating a systemic change through curricula updates and development that is supported by equipment and material purchases that will improve the existing physical education and nutrition education programs. Project WIN has six components that will be used to rectify deficiencies found in the needs assessment. Each of the six components, curriculum development and alignment, professional development, activity and nutrition tracking, sustainable infrastructure, community support and additional physical activity opportunities, and transparency and accountability will build local capacity to improve or expand services that address the needs of the target population, K – 12 physical education and nutrition education students.
Pasadena Independent School District (TX) – $748,742
The Pasadena Independent School District has more than 51,165 students enrolled in 34 elementary schools, eight middle schools (grades 5-6), ten intermediate schools (grades 7-8), five high schools and three alternative education facilities. In a survey conducted within the School District this year, physical education teachers reported 35-45% of students are overweight, with 20% being obese. The students at PISD have an urgent need for regular physical activity, physical education, and nutrition education. Research of best practices, such as the Coordinated Approach To Child Health program, shows that shifting the primary emphasis of physical education from skill-based athletic curriculum to a fitness based curriculum results in fewer students being overweight and at-risk of becoming overweight. The State of Texas Physical Education Standards supports this paradigm shift and is aligned to the priorities of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program.
The grant will enable Pasadena ISD to build the infrastructure for implementing an aligned K-12 physical education program, increase daily physical activity through expanded opportunities, obtain needed physical fitness equipment, use technology to measure and support student fitness gains, provide current PE staff development, and implement a comprehensive nutrition education program. As a result, students will have the skills, knowledge and tools to be more physically active, to eat healthier, and to make healthy life style choices.
Cache County School District (UT) – $418,042
Cache County School District, a geographically large district in rural Utah, serves 14,931 K-12 students. The district and its communities are concerned that many of their youth are missing critical windows for developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for adopting and maintaining healthy, happy lives. The CCSD PEP Project mission is to empower students to take control of their health and well-being through proper nutrition and physical activity education. Goal 1 will expand CCSD’s capacity to offer standards based, coordinated, best practice K-12 nutrition and P.E. programs including teachers demonstrating gains in knowledge; improvement in lesson plan quality and variety; and improvement in the use of appropriate instructional and assessment strategies. Goal 2 will improve physical activity levels and eating habits of all CCSD students as outlined by the Utah P.E. and applicable Health Education Standards including increases in students meeting the PEP GPRA measures.
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (VA) – $547,420
This program will combine curriculum updates with professional development to increase student’s levels of physical activity, as well as with the use of functional fitness equipment and a web-based assessment system aimed at allowing teachers and students to access information regarding their fitness goals. The program activities will be enhanced by community partnerships, particularly one with the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation’s School Health Initiative Program. Other related efforts in the community will encourage health choices and provide opportunities outside of school time for students to be physically active and choose nutritional foods.
Quincy School District (WA) – $462,812
The Quincy QUICCK (Quincy Unites to Implement a Comprehensive Curriculum for Kids) project is designed to align the district’s efforts with state standards and the coordinated school health model. The K-12 program redesign will be community-based and includes implementing analyses of the environment to improve children’s health, improving the learning environment through professional development, support, and assessment, building a curriculum and program infrastructure, forging and strengthening community partnerships, and building a sustainability model through the Quincy Wellness Advisory Committee.
Ashwaubenon School District (WI) – $505,274
The purpose of the Ashwaubenon PEP Project is to build a coordinated project that develops the Ashwaubenon School District physical education program so all K-12 students can meet the goals of the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. This will be accomplished using comprehensive nutrition, fitness and activity design strategies that include action steps for program alignment between curriculum, instruction and assessment matched to the state standards.
The project will also address our gaps by improving district policies, joining forces with community based partners and following a clear management plan to guarantee sustainability after the funding ends. The K-12 program redesign will be community-based and grounded in sound principles of building capacity for long-term program change. Through a partnership with Prevea Health we will develop a unique program that will infuse activity and nutrition based curricula not only into physical education classes but into core academic areas throughout our school system. A partnership with Brown County Healthy Weight for Youth will create the needed conduit to the many resources in the community that families need.
Beaver Dam Unified School District (WI) – $945,733
The Beaver Dam Unified School District, located in the City of Beaver Dam population 15,500 of Dodge County, Wisconsin serves 3,609 (4K-12) students in 10 school buildings. The community is characterized as rural with rapidly increasing levels of poverty, four of the schools have a free and reduced lunch rate of 60% or higher. By doing a community needs assessment, it was found that 8 out of 10 leading causes of mortality in Dodge County exceed the State mortality rates, including cancer, heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. The overarching goal of our project, called Beaver Fitness Fever (BFF), is to improve the overall wellness of K-12 students by implementing an improved PE program that enables all students to meet State PE Standards, emphasizes healthy eating and participation in daily physical activity, and helps students to develop lifelong healthy lifestyles.
Chilton Public Schools (WI) – $471,792
Chilton Public Schools (CPS), serving 1,223 K-12 students in rural northeastern Wisconsin, is committed to revamping the District’s physical education program to help Chilton youth “Steppin’ to the Future” as healthy, active young adults. Steppin’ to the Future features the following, establishment of an individualized, goal-oriented student assessment system that helps students establish personal fitness objectives and strategies by which to achieve them, increased student engagement in daily vigorous physical activity through a host of exciting, new in class activities, out-of-school intramurals, and energizing “brain-breaks” during the school day, increased instruction in cognitive concepts about leading healthy lifestyles through the introduction of the TriFIT system, and interdisciplinary lessons that weave cognitive concepts about physical activity across the curriculum. As a result of participating in Steppin’ to the Future, K-12 students in Chilton will increase the total minutes they spend engaged in daily physical activity and increase their cardiovascular fitness levels, they will also make healthier daily food choices and demonstrate more responsible decision-making, enhanced goal-setting, and improved interpersonal skills.
Cuba City School District (WI) – $404,224
The program design of this K-12 project is modeled after the coordinated school health model and includes implementing strategies from the analysis of the environment to improve student health, improving the learning climate through professional development and assessment, building a curriculum and program infrastructure responsive to student needs, driven by the School Health Advisory Board. This district-wide individualized program allows all students to succeed regardless of fitness, interest in sports, or other factors.
DeForest Area Schools (WI) – $458,111
To meet the needs of the students, the Learning to Move –Moving to Learn project will address six of the program elements:
Element 1: Utilize personal assessment technology that will assist students in understanding, monitoring, and improving their personal health. Implement authentic assessments and instructional tools to help students and staff monitor personal assessment plans. Improve Curriculum K-12 by: creating a K-12 scope and sequence that reflects the “new PE”; update and align curriculum with state standards with the assistance of a curriculum consultant.
Element 2: Create a variety of activities that will provide opportunities for each student to be successful. Motivate students to take charge of their personal fitness and desire to be active for a lifetime. Encourage students to utilize community resources wile outside of schools. Element 3: Reinforce school cultures that emphasize character and acceptance. Develop concepts of fitness from various professionals in the Health and Wellness Industry. Provide new and varied units and activities that highlight movement to promote learning. Element 4: Students will be given opportunities to organize and implement various activities. Promote outdoor adventure activities that instill social interaction and cooperation. Provide physical activities that provide observable success for each student. Element 5: Invest in new nutrition curricula, develop local partnerships and promotional activities that encourage nutritious eating habits. Increase students awareness of proper diet and how eating healthy and fitness work together. Develop Opportunities for Families to Learn How to Eat Healthier. Element 6: Establish a support system to monitor and manage the PEP grant. Develop a working relationship with the community to support PEP activities. Increase Professional development through workshops conferences, and conventions. Develop a Learning to Move – Moving to Learn Summit with area communities.
Ellsworth School District (WI) – $287,639
The E Fit (Ellsworth Fit) Program is in response to deficiencies found when completing the School Health Index(SHI) as a part of achieving success for one of the Ellsworth School Board goals for the 2009-10 school year. The main emphasis for E Fit is to ensure that students have every opportunity to be more active and to stay active for a lifetime! This program will be a multifaceted approach to students’ present inactivity, including modifying Physical Education and Health curriculums, increasing opportunities for students to be active during the school day, and adding activities for students before and after the school day. In addition, healthy eating habits will be encouraged through student education in health classes, supportive increases in fruits and vegetables through the federal hot lunch program, and healthy eating habits encouraged in before and after school programs.
This E-Fit project will help reach the main goals: increase the daily physical activity rates of the students, increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that the students consume daily, help both students and parents assess their fitness levels and understand how to maintain or improve those levels, and finally, to provide professional development opportunities for staff to be more aware of the latest research and to use the best practices in the field of physical education, health and nutrition.
Freedom Area School District (WI) – $445,724
The proposed Four-Leaf Fitness in Freedom Program gives students a vision—as well as a student pledge for that vision: “Fitness takes more than luck, so every day, in every way, I will work to be healthy and fit in: My home – My school – My community – My Future.” The Four-Leaf Fitness Program is closely aligned with the six program elements recommended by the Carol M. White program. Major components include: 1) A come to mind. Fortunately, the “big picture” as it pertains to Freedom area students’ health and lifelong wellbeing is very much on the minds of the physical education and health teachers of the Freedom Area School District. They have identified programmatic gaps and weaknesses, involved parents, staff, and community partners, and are ready for change from traditional, competitive team sports to individualized fitness activities that all students can enjoy; 2) Introduction of technology and other assessments related to fitness; 3) Standards-based curriculum updating; 4) Supporting healthy lifestyles through instruction in cognitive concepts that support increased participation, personal goal setting and new lifetime skills; 5) A school, home and communitywide approach to increasing healthy eating habits and good nutrition, including school gardening, a farm-to-school initiative, and the Healthier US Schools Challenge; and 6) Creating sustainability through professional development of our staff, community partnerships, student involvement, and new policies related to physical education/activity, health, safety, and nutrition.
Stevens Point School District (WI) – $639,549
The Stevens Point PANTHERS CHALLENGE (Physical Activity, Nutrition, Togetherness, Health Education, Recreation, Safety) is a project intended to comprehensively move each school within the district toward the integration of a comprehensive School Health Program that will coordinate all health, physical, and nutrition, safety related activities while actively involving parents and community members to sustain changes as a result of this grant. The following four strategies will be used to accomplish these goals: 1) Bottom-up approach from each site-based Project Manager at every school to make essential modifications to educational programs to ensure project success. 2) Utilization of social marketing and public advocacy techniques to promote project within the public. 3) The formation of School Health Advocacy Councils comprised of key stakeholders in every school that will make policy recommendations to the Board of Education supporting wellness policy implementation and changes. 4) Using multi-faceted formative evaluation as an improvement strategy.
School District of Beloit (WI) – $542,266
The Good to Great Activate Project Goal is to improve the wellness of Beloit youth K-12 by focusing on developing healthy lifestyle habits while developing understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings that will empower each student to take charge of their wellness, specifically lifelong fitness, increasing / maintaining physical activity and healthy nutrition for a lifetime. The goal also includes moving a fragmented and merely adequate district wide physical education/nutrition program to an exemplary program through collaboration, professional development, Professional Learning Communities, curriculum review and modification. There will be an increase in the variety of learning experiences which will include lifelong activities, team building, and personalizing fitness programming. These changes will directly foster an engaging sequential PE/nutrition state standards based curriculum to support student growth. By creating policy changes and championing implementation a new culture will develop to foster students’ progress to lifelong fitness and increasing / maintaining physical activity and healthy nutrition for a lifetime.
St. Jacobi Lutheran School (Jacobi) (WI) – $154,606
Partners for Wellness PEP 2010 is a school-community-university partnership developed to implement and evaluate a replicable fitness and nutrition education and assessment program for St. Jacobi Lutheran School (Jacobi) in Greenfield, WI. Jacobi serves a high percentage (10%) of children with special needs and a large number of students at risk for medical illness related to lack of physical exercise and poor nutrition. The school lacks a full-time physical education teacher. Accordingly, Partners for Wellness has three main goals. First, increase physical activity for all students, K – 8, through implementation of a comprehensive physical education program. Second, design and implement nutrition education for all students in grades K-8. Third, establish sustainable partnerships between school, home and community that support on-going healthy lifestyles for all individuals.
Jacobi will meet these goals by bringing together all stakeholders in the school (administration, teachers, students and parents) with community organizations including the Y of the Southwest Milwaukee Area and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). This collaborative partnership will help Jacobi create and deliver a high quality physical education curriculum and nutrition instruction that will be sustainable over time.
Fremont County School District #2 (WY) – $215,994
The mission of the FCSD#2 PEP Project is to improve the overall physical health and fitness of our students. There are two main goals of the project. Goal 1is to expand FCSD#2’s capacity to offer standards-based, coordinated, best practice K-12 nutrition and P.E. programs; and Goal 2 is to improve physical activity levels and eating habits of all FCSD#2 K-12 students as outlined by the Wyoming Standards (including increases in students meeting the PEP GPRA measures). The project will be overseen by a Project Director and Project Steering Board. Involved staff will engage in a cycle of Continuous Improvement Management (CIM) to ensure the project is successful at meeting its goals and timeline and is fully integrated into the existing management structure and regular curriculum. The project utilizes Dr. Robert Pangrazi’s Active &Healthy School Program to improve physical activity levels and nutritional awareness. Also, as a result of the project, FCSD#2’s P.E. programs will shift to a New P.E. approach, which is a choice-based approach focusing on lifetime physical activities and fitness.
Sweetwater County School District #1 (WY) – $373,938
The Sweetwater Integrated Fitness Transition (SWIFT) Program’s mission is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to empower them to make life-long decisions regarding positive social interactions and a healthy lifestyle balancing physical activity and nutrition. The WSIFT program has two main goals: Goal 1 is to change P.E. paradigm from a sports-based model to a choice-based lifetime activity model across the curriculum. Goal 2 is to empower students to be physically active for life, balance nutrition and activity, and develop positive social interactions.
The program aligns with the Wyoming Physical Education and Health Education Standards; addresses the regulations set forth in the new District Health & Wellness Policy; and includes the requirements of Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant. Within this framework, several evidence-based practices and programs will be instituted and/or strengthened.
The SWIFT Program is embedded in a district-wide K-6 Active & Healthy Schools Program, a comprehensive health and wellness initiative designed by Dr. Robert Pangrazi to improve physical activity levels and nutritional awareness. Also, as a result of the SWIFT Program, SCSD#1 P.E. programs will take a New P.E. approach, which represents a fundamental shift from a traditional program based on competitive team sports to a choice-based approach focused on lifetime physical activities and fitness.