School awarded $10,000 to help gets students healthy

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By Toni Stauffer

On Sept. 27, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) presented a $10,000 check to Phenix City Elementary for its “Be Healthy” School Grant Program. K-2 Guidance Counselor Dr. Christie Black Morrell submitted the grant request.

“It’s an investment in our kids to get them developing good habits at an early life stage, and throughout their lives,” said Jeff Adams, BCBSAL Community Relations Manager. “Hopefully, it will help them remain healthy.”

As part of its commitment to help prevent childhood obesity, the BCBSAL “Be Healthy” School Grant Program is awarding $261,200 in grants to 27 schools statewide.

PCES Principal Sylvia Averett said that the money from the grant will be used to enhance the school’s physical fitness program for general physical fitness, as well as sports performance.

“We just want our students to realize that being healthy is important,” said Averett. “The first step will be for our coaches to go do the research and get the materials needed.”

The school won’t just be purchasing kettle balls and resistance bands; they will also be buying health-related literature to help students with their reading.

“We’re super-excited and honored to be a recipient of the “Be Healthy” grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield,” said Averett.

According to the BCBSAL website, each school chosen is receiving a grant up to $10,000 for the implementation of school-based health and wellness programs, emphasizing increased exercise, nutrition education and parental involvement during the school year.

“Be Healthy” grant applications will open again in January 2019 and will run through mid-March. Any school in Alabama enrolling kindergarten through sixth grade can apply. For additional information about the “Be Healthy” School Grant Program, please contact BCBSAL  at or call 205-220-7821.