Nicholson Receives Funding for Health Resources

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The American Heart Association’s school-based youth program, Kids Heart Challenge, awarded $2,390 to Meredith Nicholson Elementary School in Crawfordsville for a Minds in Motion activity program at the start of each school day.

The grant is one of only 64 awarded nationally for this cycle of the grant program that supports schools by funding resources to expand school wellness programs.

The American Heart Association is helping educators make whole-body wellness a priority by bringing more resources to school campuses. Grant recipients can expand their schools’ wellness offerings with additions such as physical activity equipment, water bottle refill stations, and educator training opportunities on their campuses to encourage their students. to stay healthy and active.

At Nicholson, physical education teacher Laura Newman is using the grant to implement several programs, including a Minds in Motion program that includes 15 activity stations for students to run through when they arrive at school in the morning. .

“Students arriving by bus were often seated in the hallway for 20 minutes before school started,” Newman said. “This grant from the American Heart Association allowed us to purchase resources to implement activities that stimulate learning and help with visual and auditory processing, motor skills, and behavior.”

Deeply rooted in physical activity, Kids Heart Challenge has expanded beyond the gym to meet the needs of today’s youth and educators, as science has proven the close connection between physical and mental health. Kids Heart Challenge offers a variety of physical activities to get elementary school students’ hearts racing, such as dancing, basketball or skipping, combined with a digital mission to learn vital skills such as CPR hands alone.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, only 20% of children get enough activity to meet physical activity recommendations. Kids Heart Challenge is rooted in proven science, which has shown that children who are regularly active have a better chance of becoming healthy adults.

Funds raised by Kids Heart Challenge participants support the scientific research and outreach programs of the American Heart Association, paving the way for better health outcomes for healthier communities. Schools are encouraged to register now for the 2022-23 school year. The program provides grants twice a year, in the middle of the school year and at the end of the year, to provide real-time resources to students. Since the grant program began in 2019, more than $1 million has been awarded to schools to support projects that make schools healthier.

To learn more about the American Heart Association’s children’s initiatives or to make a donation, visit www.heart.org/kids.


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