Support for Skatepark Construction in Low-Income Communities

From our friends at GrantStation

Support for Skatepark Construction in Low-Income Communities
Tony Hawk Foundation
The Tony Hawk Foundation is dedicated to funding the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily support projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies, including public school systems or public projects. Requests are reviewed two times per year. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be accepted from May 13 to June 17, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant criteria and submit an online application

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Young Chef Contest: Prize includes a trip to DC and lunch with Michelle Obama

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We wanted to pass this on to young chefs out there…

Do you have a child between the ages of 8-12? Can you imagine his or her recipe being featured in a cookbook? Or the two of you representing your home state at a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer?

If so, First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture invite you and your child to enter the 4th annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner.”

In order to be eligible, lunch recipe submissions need to be created by a child between the ages of 8-12 and should follow the MyPlate nutrition guidelines: Fruits and vegetables should make up about half of the recipe or dish, and it should also include whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Submissions must include information about how and why they were created and be:

  • Healthy
  • Creative
  • Affordable
  • Delicious
  • Original

One recipe from each of the 50 states and territories will be chosen. And, the prize is priceless! As healthy food ambassadors for each state and U.S. territory, the winning chefs and a parent or guardian will be flown to Washington D.C. where they will have the opportunity to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner,” hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House!

A parent or legal guardian is required to fill out the entry form on his or her child’s behalf.

Good luck. We can’t wait to see (and taste) what kids across the country cook up!


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Grants Address the Needs of Children Nationwide

From our friends at GrantStation

Grants Address the Needs of Children Nationwide
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
The mission of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is to provide nonprofit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across the United States. The Foundation supports organizations that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of information about new and innovative programs designed to benefit youth, or through the dissemination of information already possessed by well-established organizations. Grant requests should have the potential of helping American children in a broad geographic area (more than one state). The application deadline is July 15, 2015. Grant application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.


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Delivering Nutrition Education to Limited-Resource Families

Recently, Educators from all over the US met to discuss local implementation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), one of the nation’s largest nutrition education programs. The USDA recently posted information on the meeting, including a brief look at links to some new resources.

Through nutrition education, EFNEP helps limited-resource families and children gain the knowledge and skills to change their current attitudes and behaviors when it comes to choosing nutritionally sound diets and improve their health and well-being. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers EFNEP and provides national program leadership.

“The 2015 EFNEP Conference brought together about 170 representatives from 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities (LGUs) to coordinate, collaborate, and receive training that they can take back and implement in their respective university programs,” said Stephanie Blake, NIFA EFNEP program coordinator.

Conference agenda items included an update on changes to packaged food nutrition labels, youth participant evaluation forms, a new adult behavior checklist, and an Internet tool used for EFNEP evaluation and reporting called the Web-Based Nutrition Education Evaluation and Reporting System. EFNEP coordinators also shared ideas and resources through breakout session presentations and poster exhibits.

EFNEP has assisted more than 32 million families and youth since the program’s inception in 1969. Last year, EFNEP reached nearly 122,000 adults and 400,000 children directly and about 360,000 family members indirectly. Among the results listed in EFNEP’s 2014 Impacts Report, 94 percent of adult participants reported improved diets, 86 percent of youth participants reported an increased ability to choose healthy food, and 84 percent of adults reported being better able to manage food resources.

It’s amazing to see the impact that is made. We congratulate and celebrate the folks on the front lines.

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Research Show Students are Eating Better at School

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There’s good news from Pew Charitable Trust

More children are choosing and eating fruit with their lunches and kids are consuming more of their entrees and vegetables since the introduction of healthier school meals during the 2012-13 school year, a new study finds. The analysis, published March 4 in Childhood Obesity, is the first to reliably measure what students ate before and after the implementation of stronger national nutrition standards for school meal programs, and contradicts anecdotal reports about students rejecting healthier foods.

And the good news is reaching a lot of schools…

Nationwide more than 90 percent of schools are meeting the updated lunch standards; the Rudd Center’s findings add to growing evidence that children generally enjoy the healthier cafeteria fare. A national survey of school leaders found widespread student acceptance of healthier meals across all grade levels, and polling shows that parents support the current nutrition standards for school meals and snacks by a 3-1 ratio.

Learning ZoneXpress is here to help those students recognize the choices they are making to help them replicate them at home now and as they grow up!


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