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National Bike to School Day May 8
National Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May, which is also National Bike Month. These events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment.

Register your school's event now to be part of the action -- and for a chance to win a Saris bike rack! Learn more at walkbiketoschool.org.

Funding Opportunities

  • Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding Opportunity
    A new funding opportunity for public schools to acquire the elements of the Presidentail Youth Fitness Program's three pillars-assessment, professional development, and recognition. An application worksheet is available online to help you get started. Applications accepted through May 10.
  • ASAP Acceleration Grants
    ChildObesity180's Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) is offering a new grant opportunity that draws on the findings of last year's Physical Activity Innovation Competition. This competition discovered innovative physical activity programs happening in schools all across the country. Now ASAP is sharing these fun, flexible, and creative programs with schools across the nation. ASAP is awarding 1,000 elementary schools each with $1,000 Acceleration Grants to kick start one of three award-winning programs recognized in the Innovation Competition. Applications accepted through April 22.
  • Fuel Up to Play 60
    Get up to $4000 to enhance your Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Applications for the next funding cycle accepted until June 4.

Screen Free LogoScreen-Free Week April 29-May 5
Screen-free week is a national celebration where children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning OFF entertainment screen media and turning ON life! It's a time to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends. Students will be much more successful with Screen-Free Week if their friends are going screen-free too. You can help get everyone involved by promoting Screen-Free Week in your school.

Visit screenfree.org for more information and ideas.

May is Asthma Awareness Month
The Utah Department of Health’s Asthma program has many resources that can help you raise awareness about the seriousness of asthma and make improvements that will help your students with asthma.

  • School staff asthma training. A 15-minute presentation covering asthma basics, triggers, signs and symptoms, and what to do during an asthma attack. The school receives a resource manual and teachers receive an emergency protocol chart. Contact Kellie Baxter at kabaxter@utah.gov to schedule a training.
  • Winning with Asthma. A 20-minute online program geared towards Physical Education teachers and coaches. The Program discusses asthma basics and what to do in case of an asthma attack. When someone completes the program they receive a clipboard and additional asthma resources through the mail.
  • Visit health.utah.gov/asthma

Healthy Schools LogoNational Healthy Schools Day
The environment at school has a very big impact on student health, attendance, and test scores.  Raise awareness about environmental health at school by celebrating National Healthy Schools Day on April 30.  Three things you can do to celebrate:

  • Teach students about pollution
  • Have an administrator talk about how your school is ‘green’
  • Walk through the school and determine how students can help keep it clean

To learn more visit www.nationalhealthyschoolsday.org/.

 
   
   

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