Active Schools Institute Awarded Over $1.2 Million in Grants Since 2016
The UNC Active Schools Institute was awarded $510,000 in grant funding through the Colorado Health Foundation from 2018–20. This is in addition to TCHF’s 2016–18 grant of $710,000.
Active Schools was also awarded more than $26,800 combined in grants from Colorado Education Initiative, Active Schools U.S. and Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
These funds are used to conduct community engaged scholarship in school physical activity promotion. The Institute offers continuing education options for physical activity leaders (PALs), such as a two-year, online-hybrid master’s program, and further assists schools and professional development providers with data and evaluation needs to improve children’s health. The Active Schools Institute ensures Colorado school districts are resourced to plan and implement evidence-based practices and promote healthy activities for kids, including the Bear Physical Activity Week (Bear PAW) camp where children in grades K-5 participate in physical activity for a week during the summer.
“We know active kids do better in school and in life, every day. For youth to be benefited, physical activity learning communities must be cultivated and supported,” said Russ Carson, founding director of Active Schools.