Schools encouraged to seek health-based grants from BCBS Alabama

FROM STAFF REPORTS

As a part of ongoing efforts to help prevent childhood obesity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is continuing its Be Healthy School Grant Program.

For the 2020-2021 school year, Blue Cross will allocate $250,000 to schools in the form of grants up to $10,000. Twenty-five schools across the state that enroll students in grades K-6 are eligible to apply for a grant.

Since 2012, Blue Cross has awarded more than $1.8 million in 200 Be Healthy School Grants statewide impacting over 96,000 students.

“We are seeing the positive results of healthy lifestyle initiatives being implemented in our schools by students and faculty. The ongoing success of the Be Healthy School Grant Program validates the investment we are making in the long-term health of Alabama’s children,” says Jeff Adams, community relations manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

The grants are for the implementation of school-based health and wellness programs that emphasize increased exercise, nutrition education and parental involvement during the school year.

Starting Monday, Jan. 6, applications can be completed on the Blue Cross website at AlabamaBlue.com/schoolgrant. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 27. Each selected school will receive a grant of up to $10,000, and schools will be further recognized with a Blue Cross Be Healthy School banner.

In April 2021, students who successfully complete their school’s program will be presented with Be Healthy awards by Blue Cross.