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Glanton-Hindsman Awarded $3,000 Grant for Student Nutrition Initiatives

Sep 20 2017

Glanton-Hindsman Elementary in Villa Rica, GA has been awarded a $3,000 Georgia Shape school health grant. Georgia Shape, Governor Nathan Deal’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, recently announced grants to 26 schools, including Glanton-Hindsman Elementary, totaling $116,000 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Grantees are awarded a $3,000 core grant to focus on nutrition or a $5,000 enhanced grant which provides funding for both nutrition and physical activity programs. The funding is intended to empower schools to implement activities that promote lifelong healthy behaviors, many of which combat obesity and mitigate other chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

With its $3,000 award, Glanton-Hindsman Elementary will support nutrition initiatives including:  growing seasonal fruits and vegetables in a school garden, engaging school nutrition staff and the community in providing taste tests to students; and a “drink water” campaign.

Representatives from Glanton-Hindsman Elementary joined the winning schools on August 28th & 29th, 2017 for the annual Healthy Schools Summit to grantees in planning for action. Throughout the year, awardees receive technical assistance from the Georgia Health Policy Center to ensure they implement sustainable activities customized for the needs of the students and staff.

Collectively, Georgia Shape efforts are intended to improve the state’s health outcomes among youth as part of the Georgia School Health and Physical Education Act. The Georgia Shape grants also help schools meet nutritional guidelines outlined by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HKFKA) and other federal laws that protect and advance student health.