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Argonia Elementary is Awarded a Healthy Habits for Life Grant by BCBS of KS

December 19, 2017

Recognizing that school is where children spend most of their daily lives – making it an ideal place to encourage healthy habits – the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is sending $148,757.65 in Healthy Habits for Life grants to schools in 65 Kansas counties. The 154 separate grants will help school nurses, teachers and administrators fund programs or activities in 2018 aimed at helping thousands of children reduce their cardiovascular risk, increase their physical activity or learn healthy eating habits.

"Healthy Habits for Life was the first major grant program developed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and, 12 years later, it still fills an existing need in helping curb childhood obesity rates in Kansas," said Marlou Wegener, chief operating officer of the BCBSKS Foundation. "The Foundation's board of directors remains committed to funding at-school health programs that a teacher or staff member might not otherwise be able to deliver due to tight budgets.

"It is our nurses, teachers and administrators who are on the front line of our collective efforts to slow the childhood obesity epidemic in Kansas," she said. "It is through their dedication that we have hope that this generation of Kansas children will learn more than reading, writing and arithmetic at school; we have hope that they also will learn the life-long healthy habits that will lead them to healthy adulthood and brighter futures."

Argonia Elementary School was Awarded a $1,000 grant for their Family Fun Night events.  These events promote healthy habits such as physical activity, nutrition education, and healthy eating for the participating families.  The first event was the Thankful Feast held in November.  Two more events are planned for this school year and one is planned for next August.  We will be having our Chinese New Year on Thursday, February 15th and our Quattro de Mayo on Friday, May 4th.  


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