1305 Grant Program
Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center has been contracted to deliver the school segment of the 1305 grant program. The funding will be used over a five-year period in the development, coordination and administration of the grant program in schools.
The 1305 Grant Program is a federal initiative, administered in the state by the Department of Health and supported by multiple state agencies. It reaches large segments of the population through school districts, early care and education centers, worksites and communities to address chronic disease risk factors and ultimately reduce obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
School districts were identified by 2010-2011 Pennsylvania Growth Screening/BMI-for-age percentiles reported annually. Other criteria considered were US Census low-income tracts, School Performance Profile data, participation in PDE’s Promoting Adolescent Health (1308) grant and proximity to planned activities for Healthy Corner Store Initiative and early child care centers. The role of the Center in schools will be to:
- Work directly with schools to provide technical assistance in assessment, planning, and implementation of their projects.
- Provide professional development in nutrition and physical activity / physical education through webinars, trainings, and other materials.
- Develop and implement program evaluation methods and materials.
- Develop reports in alignment with the scope of work developed by the Center and DOH
The Center will help grant awardees make data-driven decisions that will address nonacademic barriers in an effort to improve health and academic achievement and growth of students. This initiative will build the capacity of the 15 school districts to:
- implement policies and practices that create a supportive nutrition environment;
- develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive school physical activity programs; and
- identify opportunities to create or enhance community access to places for physical activity.
Funding was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the “State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health” federal grant and “Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.