South Carolina schools eligible for new healthy initiative grant

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 3/2/18

A statewide insurance company wants to help create healthier school environments and is offering a new grant open to public and private schools.

Any public or private school serving South Carolina students in grades K-12 can apply for a Wellness …

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South Carolina schools eligible for new healthy initiative grant

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A statewide insurance company wants to help create healthier school environments and is offering a new grant open to public and private schools.

Any public or private school serving South Carolina students in grades K-12 can apply for a Wellness Inspired School Environment grant, according to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

"Schools often want to do more to improve student wellbeing but may not have the resources to do so," Foundation Executive Director Erika Kirby said. "We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice, so we are supporting healthy school environments, which encourage and promote physical activity and healthy eating."

It is "well-established that healthier children tend to have better grades, are more attentive in class and have fewer absences," the agency said.

Applicants can use funds between $2,000 and $8,000 to support items and implement activities from these wellness action plans:

- School health and safety policies and environment;

- Health education;

- Physical education and other physical activity programs;

- Health promotion for staff; and

- Family and community involvement.

"The health and nutrition of South Carolina's students has a strong impact on their success in the classroom and throughout their lives," Molly Spearman, state superintendent of education, said. "I applaud the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation for recognizing this correlation and bringing additional wellness opportunities to schools in our state."

The Foundation is partnering with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and its Healthy Schools Program framework, which has been endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture.

One application per school will be considered.

To apply or learn more, visit www.bcbsscfoundation.org/wisegrants. For questions, schools can email info.foundation@bcbssc.com.