Building Healthy Schools Grant Program

Building Healthy Schools Grant Program

The Building Healthy Schools 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.

Penn State PRO Wellness has been contracted to deliver the school segment of the Building Healthy Schools grant program. The funding will be used over a five-year period in the development, coordination and administration of the grant program in schools. PRO Wellness 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 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.

School districts were identified by 2011-2012 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

Pennsylvania Department of Health 1305 GrantFunding 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.

This publication was supported by the cooperative agreement “State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health” from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.