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March Current News Archive  

School Grants for Healthy Kids
Start or expand your school breakfast program with a $1500 grant in addition to in-kind contributions from Action for Health Kids. Webinars providing more information will be held on March 21 and April 10. For more information including applications and webinar registration go to Applications are due April 19.

Note: Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program; and must have a free/reduced priced meal eligibility greater than 50% to be eligible.  Priority selection will be given to schools with student enrollment greater than 500 students.Tobacco-free sign

Tobacco-Free Signs
To complete your tobacco-free policy tobacco-free signs should be placed at each entrance to your school letting students, visitors, and the community know that your school is tobacco-free. These signs are provided free of charge and are available to all schools. Signs may be ordered by contacting your Local Health Department representative.

Help Someone Quit Smoking
Smokers are 50% more likely to quit with the support of others. If you know someone who needs help quitting here are some ways you can help:

  • Send them a card on their quitting day to wish them good luck.
  • Give up a habit of your own, it will help you empathize.
  • Stress the benefits of quitting, rather than the dangers of continuing.
  • Be available in person or by phone. Keep in touch and avoid pestering.
  • Make a quitter's "survival kits" with a booklet about quitting, sugar-free gum, low calorie snacks, and a special treat.

For more ideas and tips for quitting visit

Kick Butts Day March 20
Kick Butts Day is a youth driven campaign designed to help youth stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The three objectives of Kick Butts Day are

  1. Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use
  2. Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free
  3. Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

Go to for more information and search the activities database for ways to celebrate.
Go Green!
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a monthly newsletter to provide you with information about activities and events your school may participate in. To read this month's Go Green! Newsletter visit the Go Green! Website.
SunWise Poster

SunSafe Utah Poster Contest
Students can win an iPad by creating a poster showing at least five of the SunWise Safety Steps. Winners will go on to a national competition. For rules and entry form visit

2013 PEP Grants
Applications for PEP Grants are now available. The application deadline is April 12. More information.

Consider writing in the use of CATCH and Flaghouse Take 10. Contact Carol Caldara for information or quotes.
Carol Caldara, MA MCHES
CATCH National Representative

USDA Farm to School Grants
Farm to School grants ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 are available. Farm to School encompasses efforts that bring local or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias; hands-on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, and culinary classes; and the integration of food-related education into the regular, standards-based classroom curriculum. For complete grant information visit the Farm to Schools website.

Three webinars providing more information will be offered. To receive additional information about webinars, please be sure to sign up for the Farm to School E-Letter
  • March 5, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EST – Planning Grants
  • March 6, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EST – Implementation Grants
  • March 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EST – Support Service Grants

You can also get your question answered now by contacting: Matthew Russell, Program Officer, Farm to School Grant Program or 202.720.6765.

Combating the Childhood Obesity Problem: Applications for Schools and Beyond
A two part webinar series exploring research on youth and adolescent obesity. Presenters will provide real-world applications for addressing this critical and complex issue. Educators, health providers, coaches, youth workers, and parents alike will benefit from this important discussion.

Part 1: March 5, 1:00-2:00 PM EST
Part 2: April 10, 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Webinar details and registration information.

The Learning Connection
Enhancing academic success through healthy school environments. This webinar will address why schools play a more important role than ever in helping forge the nation's future. It will illuminate the vital importance of nutrition and physical activity in creating an environment that enriches students' readiness to learn.

This Webinar is for parents, teachers, school administrators, child nutrition authorities and community members interested in the welfare and success of our children.

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MST
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM MDT