Health & Wellness

Get Your School Moving to Win a Grant to Make Students Healthier

Is your school trying to be healthier? Enter this year's Let's Move Pittsburgh 2019 Champion Schools Awards. You could win a grant to improve students' health and well being.

Is it part of the DNA of your school to be healthy? Do you do things to get everyone up and moving? Help students and staff avoid junk food and eat healthy?

You should apply for this year's Let's Move Pittsburgh 2019 Champion Schools Awards. Let's Move Pittsburgh is a healthy lifestyle program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The awards allow early childcare centers, pre-kindergarten and elementary schools in Allegheny County to compete for mini-grants to fund innovative new or existing initiatives to improve children's health and well being.

Projects eligible for funding through Champion Schools Awards must focus on at least one of these healthy lifestyle areas:

  • Bag the Junk: Projects aim to increase healthy food and nutrition education in schools.
  • Get Kids Moving: Projects aim to increase physical activity in and out of schools.
  • Teach Kids to Grow and Cook Food: Projects aim to increase knowledge of how to grow and prepare fresh, healthy foods.
  • Sustainable Citizenship: Projects aim to expose students to a variety of environmental topics to make a positive impact in the community.

Among last year's winners, Dormont Elementary used their Champion Schools grant to maintain their community outdoor classroom, creating totem poles adorned with positive messages, beginning a composting program, and raising herbs and vegetables to be sold in their community market.

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Click here for the rules and how to apply. Champion Schools Awards nominations close on April 12, 2019 at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified by Wed., May 20, 2019.

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