Peabody-Burns district receives wellness grant from state

Peabody-Burns USD 398 has received a Kansas Coordinated School Health grant award for health and wellness programs for the 2010-11 school year.

Peabody-Burns was one of 63 schools/districts selected to receive a grant award.

Peabody-Burns plans to use the grant for purchasing pedo?meters for all school personnel and students. With the increased obesity rates and lack of exercise, the district will start by having all personnel and students track the number of steps they take.

The grant program through KCSH is designed to assist schools and school districts in making progress toward exemplary wellness policies.

KCSH works to bring school personnel, parents, community members and community resources together to address policies and programs that focus on nutrition, physical activity, tobacco prevention and other topics that impact the health and wellness of all children.

KCSH emphasizes the importance of all students having access to more nutritious foods, making healthy choices and engaging in physical activity every day.

Research demonstrates that healthier children are more successful students and schools that prioritize the health of their students and staff are seeking this pay off in academic success, according to Mark Thompson of the Kansas State Department of Education and Jane Shirley of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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