MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/27/13) – Pride Elementary School has been selected to receive an Owensboro Health Community Benefit Well-ness Grant for the third consecutive year. The value of this year’s award is $8,850.PES was chosen from among 39 organizations and schools within Owensboro Health’s service area to share in $579,000 in grant funding.
Parents of students in grades 3-5 will be able to sign up their child for participation in the Sqord fitness program by signing an agreement to check out the wristband in October. It must be returned in May.
Lynn will purchase and distribute fruits and vegetables weekly to all students.
“I will be responsible for calculating Pre and Post BMI measurements of all 3rd-5th graders for our future data analysis at the end of our implementation period. This will measure the grant’s impact,” Lynn said. “I will also be scheduling community leaders to work with students during the school day. Kelly collaborates with community agencies and teachers within the building to host wellness centers at Family Nights to achieve our outreach goals.”
Gates said, “We feel we have been chosen for this grant award multiple times because our initial health concerns have improved for the past two years. According to school nurse Kathy Franklin, before the grant program started, about 1 in every 3 students was referred to a physician for obesity concerns. Since the program’s implementation, the referral rate has dropped to 1 in 4.”
Franklin has also said students seem to be more aware of healthier lifestyle choices.
“When students have their physical needs met, then we can better meet their academic and social needs,” Gates said.
Pride has also been chosen for a National PTA Wellness Grant of $2,000 to further target these goals.
Information provided by Lori Harrison
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