Stevenson Elementary School received a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama to help prevent childhood obesity.
“We are truly honored to be recognized as one of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama "Be Healthy" Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The $10,000 grant award that accompanies this distinguished classification will be used to focus on both the nutrition (phase 1) and physical fitness (phase 2) of each child’s daily curriculum as we realize these two areas have a profound impact on a student’s ability to excel academically,” said Stevenson Elementary Principal Cody Brown.
Phase 1, the classroom phase of this program, will consist of daily mini lessons on nutrition. Students will also gain expose to movement and music as we implement daily classroom warmups to encourage our students to move.
Phase 2 will focus on physical fitness as SES seeks to add additional equipment to its playground which is the primary thrust of the program as they encourage their students to become active.
In its commitment to help prevent childhood obesity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s Be Healthy School Grant Program awarded $266,500 in grants to 27 schools statewide benefitting 10,967 students in grades K through sixth for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Each school is receiving a grant up to $10,000.
The grants are for the implementation of school-based health and wellness programs, emphasizing increased exercise, nutrition education and parental involvement during the school year.