Faculty from the University of Northern Colorado's School of Sport and Exercise Science have been awarded a $700,814 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation as part of the foundation's Creating Healthy Schools funding strategy to create a statewide system of support that fosters thriving health and wellness environments, and addresses obesity rates for Colorado school children.
The grant advances the UNC project team's previous work related to training school professionals to create sustainable active learning environments that build healthier generations of children. UNC recently launched a master's degree program designed to expand teachers' capacity to lead comprehensive school physical activity programs (CSPAPs).
Over the next two years, SES faculty members Russell Carson, Brian Dauenhauer, Jennifer Krause, Jaimie McMullen and Megan Stellino will contribute to the building of a statewide system that connects system- and local-level efforts to promote health and wellness in children by leveraging support for qualified CSPAP leadership in 20 high-need schools.
They'll also provide ongoing advocacy and evidence-based support for Colorado's Physical Education Cadre workshop series and for Red Hawk Elementary School's online course on classroom physical activity integration. The Erie school's principal, UNC alumnus Cyrus Weinberger, has developed a rigorous academic program coupled with a comprehensive wellness program.
In keeping with UNC's dedication to collective and inclusive partnerships, the team also will contribute to a statewide research collaborative studying the Innovation and Dissemination of Evidence-based Actions in Schools (IDEAS) for the health and wellness of school-aged children.
The Colorado Health Foundation grant is being administered by the UNC Foundation.
About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grantmaking, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org .