PTAs will Engage School Communities to Get Active, Eat Healthier
National PTA® recently announced the 10 PTAs that will receive a Healthy Lifestyles Grant to promote good nutrition and physical activity in honor of PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month, November.
The grants are up to $1,000 in funding and allow PTAs to implement five research-based strategies, including: limiting sugar sweetened beverages, emphasizing fruits and vegetables, moderating portion sizes, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time.
“While childhood obesity continues to grow and one in three children is overweight, PTAs across the country are taking action. We are proud to help elevate their efforts with these grants,” said Betsy Landers, National PTA President. “ Research shows that a child’s physical well-being has a significant effect on their learning, so we urge all PTAs and school communities to engage families, teachers, administrators and students in creative programs that encourage the school community to be active and eat healthier.”
PTAs from across the country submitted grant proposals describing their plans to keep families healthy and active this November and throughout the school year.
In all, the 10 grantees expect to impact approximately 11,000 students through their programs that will take place from November 2011 through April 2012. PTAs will work with families and schools on different year-round efforts, including: experimenting with diverse fruits and vegetables from other countries; teaching students about preventative health; walking challenges; healthy cooking classes; healthy behaviors workshops; learning and integrating farming practices; physical activity pledges and more.
National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Program is sponsored by Malt-O-Meal®, a Proud National Sponsor of National PTA. Visit www.PTA.org/healthylifestyles to learn more about the Healthy Lifestyles Grant program.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Month has encouraged PTA to get creative and develop clever initiatives that make living healthy fun.
What is your PTA doing to encourage healthy lifestyles?