News Releases - 2013

December 19, 2013

Schools in 66 counties share $149,650 in Healthy Habits for Life grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation

Thousands of children attending schools in 66 Kansas counties will have access to at-school programs during 2014 aimed at improving their health and fostering positive habits. The programs will be funded through 160 Healthy Habits for Life grants totaling $149,650.16 that were recently distributed to school nurses, teachers and administrators by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.

The grant dollars will be used in 2014 to purchase nutrition curriculum, exercise equipment or healthy snacks, or to organize walking programs, health fairs and other activities; programs designed to help children reduce their cardiovascular risk, increase their physical activity or learn healthy eating habits. Completing its eighth giving cycle, the BCBSKS Foundation has now distributed 760 Healthy Habits for Life grants in excess of $670,000.

“Each year during the Healthy Habits for Life application process, I am reminded of the extremely strong commitment our school professionals have to stemming the tide of childhood obesity in Kansas through school-based programs,” said Marlou Wegener, chief operating officer of the BCBSKS Foundation. "Throughout our state, school nurses, physical education, health and consumer science teachers, principals and parent organizations are creating simple – yet impactful – programs that will assist their students in forming those healthy habits that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

 “The Foundation is proud to support the commitment of our school personnel by providing them much-needed financial assistance to reach children where they spend the majority of their day – at school,” she said.

The amount of each grant was based on the applicant’s request for the program he or she proposed, up to a maximum of $1,000. The school district or private school must be located in the service area of the BCBSKS Foundation (all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte).

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation promotes the good health of Kansans who live in the Foundation’s 103-county service area. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the largest health insurer in the state, incorporated the Foundation in 2005 as a way to further deepen its commitment to helping all Kansans lead healthier lives, an effort which both entities believe is an essential factor in keeping health care affordable. Through its giving, the Foundation focuses on key health issues that can impact the lives of many Kansans. It funds programs and activities that are, at their core, health-related and in particular, promote health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Both entities serve all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.bcbsks.com/foundation.

View a list of 2013 grant recipients listed by county

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