By Toni Stauffer
In their ongoing commitment to help prevent childhood obesity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is continuing its Be Healthy school grant program for the 2019-2020 school year. BCBSAL will be making available $250,000 and up to $10,000 in award grants to 25 Alabama schools, grades K-6.
Since 2012, Blue Cross has awarded more than $1.5 million in 167 Be Healthy school grants statewide, impacting over 81,000 students. In September 2018, Phenix City Elementary received a $10,000 grant award after K-2 Guidance Counselor Dr. Christie Black Morrell submitted a grant request. The school is using that money to purchase exercise equipment and health-related literature.
“We continue to see the positive impact of the Be Healthy school grant program in schools across our state,” BCBSAL Community Relations Manager Jeff Adams said. “The ongoing success of our school grant program validates the investment we are making in the long-term health of Alabama’s children.”
Used for the implementation of school-based health and wellness programs, the grants help schools emphasize increased exercise, nutrition education and parental involvement. Each selected school will receive a grant of up to $10,000, and recognition with a Blue Cross Be Healthy school banner. Those students who successfully complete their school’s program will be presented with Be Healthy awards by Blue Cross in April, 2020.
Applications are located at the AlabamaBlue.com/schoolgrant website. The submission deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019.