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Support for K-5 Healthy Living Programs

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Support for K-5 Healthy Living Programs
National PTA Healthy Lifestyles: Energy Balance 101 Grant Program
National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles: Energy Balance 101 Grants provide local PTAs with tools to use in partnering with schools and engaging families in improving awareness of energy balance. (Energy balance is simply finding a balance between the calories we consume each day through what we eat and drink and the calories we burn though physical activity.) Participating PTAs will use the Energy Balance Enrichment Zone curricula to educate families on the importance of energy balance, good nutrition, and physical activity in achieving an active, healthy lifestyle; empower families to partner with schools to advocate for and support the implementation of healthy changes around nutrition and physical activity; and provide families with tools to create an environment at home that supports the positive changes at school. Twenty-five grants of $2,000 each will be awarded through the program to PTAs for grades K-5. The application deadline is June 19, 2015. Visit the National PTA website to download the Request for Proposals.


What Let’s Move! programs are going on near you?

OK we admit it, it has been snowing a little bit in Minnesota today. So our minds are drifting to good weather and getting out and moving. We were excited to learn about Let’s Move’s new Activities Across the USA Map of activities

What Let’s Move! programs are going on near you?

Explore the interactive map to learn more and see how you can get involved!

  • Enter your ZIP code or city and state in the search bar on the top left of the map
  • Use the Find My Location button (below the Home button on the map)

Then zoom and pan the map to see who’s participating in Let’s Move! programs in your area. Click a point for more information. Where two or more points coincide, use the arrow in the top right corner of the informational pop-up to advance through the multiple participants.

Search for a specific participant (school, museum, etc.) by clicking the ‘down’ arrow in the search bar and choosing the “Name of school/site” option. Then start typing all or part of the name of the participant and selecting the result you want.

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Support for Skatepark Construction in Low-Income Communities

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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

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

MyPlate Magnet

MyPlate Round Magnet

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!


Grants Address the Needs of Children Nationwide

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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.