December 16, 2016
For an 11th consecutive year, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is sending Healthy Habits for Life grants to Kansas schools to help nurses, teachers and administrators fund programs or activities aimed at helping thousands of children reduce their cardiovascular risk, increase their physical activity or learn healthy eating habits. In all, the BCBSKS Foundation is awarding 155 grants totaling $149,485.69 that will give students in 66 Kansas counties access to at-school health programs during 2017.
"With school budgets tighter than ever and a growing recognition that childhood obesity equates to health issues as an adult, the Foundation's Healthy Habits for Life grant program remains as committed to funding at-school, health programs as are the school personnel who request funding to deliver these outstanding programs," said Marlou Wegener, chief operating officer of the BCBSKS Foundation.
"Through the dedication of nurses, teachers and administrators, we have hope that this generation of Kansas children will learn at school those healthy habits that will translate into healthy adulthood and brighter futures," she said.
Healthy Habits for Life was the first major grant program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, which was incorporated in 2005. The BCBSKS Foundation has now distributed 1,237 Healthy Habits for Life grants totaling $1,167,583.91 during 11 giving cycles. The most recent grants will be used during 2017 for a variety of programs ranging from purchasing heart monitors, healthy snacks or nutrition curriculum, to organizing health fairs and walking programs.
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).
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 Blue Shield Association. Both entities serve all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information on the Foundation, visit bcbsks.com/foundation.
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