Action for Healthy Kids Improves School Nutrition With Support From Walmart

Action for Healthy Kids Improves School Nutrition With Support From Walmart

CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)
announced today that it has awarded 400 schools nationwide with Action for
Healthy Kids in Schools grants, averaging $2,000 each, for the 2012-2013
school year. The grants, funded by the Walmart Foundation, are part of AFHK's
School Grants for Healthy Kids program, which is designed to improve access to
healthy foods at school and bolster nutrition education for over 270,000
children.

"These grants have allowed us to give schools direct assistance in the way of
money and human resources so they can offer healthier food choices and adopt
strong wellness practices within their building," explains AFHK CEO Rob
Bisceglie. "These are the kinds of changes that improve students' health over
the long term. So, we couldn't be more pleased."

Totaling $1.5 million, the Action for Healthy Kids in Schools grants are part
of a broader commitment made by the Walmart Foundation in support of nutrition
education in the United States. The funding has enabled AFHK to provide direct
support to the 400 schools through mini-grants and health-improving programs
ranging from the creation and expansion of summer feeding programs to the
placement of healthier foods in competitive food venues, including vending
machines and school fundraising events, breakfast programs, and to providing
access to healthy foods through food tasting, nutrition education lessons and
food curriculum enhancements.

In addition, 20 AFHK State Teams received funding to support school projects
in their states, provide those schools with technical assistance, and help
them recruit and support local volunteers. (AFHK has State Teams in 50 states
and the District of Columbia.)

The grants have been awarded during a time that many of the nation's children
are subject to the epidemics of childhood obesity and food insecurity. In
fact, one out of three kids in this country is overweight or obese. And,
according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17.2 million children (or
23.2 percent of all kids) live in homes that lack the food and proper
nutrition they need to thrive. These dual epidemics can threaten children's
long-term health and have an adverse effect on their ability to succeed
academically. Fortunately, AFHK's grants, technical assistance and volunteer
support help schools improve food access and school nutrition practices as
well as optimize  the impact of their food access and nutrition programming in
schools, where children spend so much of their time.

Action for Healthy Kids in Schools grants were distributed to schools in the
following states and Washington, D.C.:

  *California
  *Colorado
  *Connecticut
  *Florida
  *Georgia
  *Illinois
  *Kentucky
  *Louisiana
  *Maryland
  *Massachusetts
  *Michigan
  *Minnesota
  *Mississippi
  *New Jersey
  *New York
  *North Carolina
  *Ohio
  *Pennsylvania
  *Texas
  *Washington
  *and Washington, D.C.

For a complete listing of funded schools in each state, visit:
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/campaigns/walmart/action-for-healthy-kids-in.pdf

About Action for Healthy Kids®

Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and
physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can
live healthier lives. We partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers -
teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more - from within
the ranks of our 34,000+ constituency to create healthful school changes.
After all, everyone has a part to play in ending the nation's childhood
obesity epidemic. Our programs, tools and resources make it possible so that
many people can.

Our grassroots efforts are supported by a collaboration of more than 70
organizations, corporations and government agencies. Working together, we're
giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them where they
are - in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground - with fun
physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes that make it possible for
them to eat nutritiously and play every day. More information is available at
www.ActionforHealthyKids.org, on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Action-for-Healthy-Kids/267076500068?ref=mf and
on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Act4HlthyKids.

Lorna

Lorna Grisby
Communications Manager
Action for Healthy Kids
600 W. Van Buren Street, Suite #720
Chicago, IL 60607
312 878 7672 (T, W, F)
773 280 9256 (M,Th)
lorna@ActionforHealthyKids.org
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Who we are

Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and
physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can
live healthier lives. We partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers -
teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more - from within
the ranks of our 34,000+ constituency to create healthful school changes.
After all, everyone has a part to play in ending the nation's childhood
obesity epidemic. Our programs, tools and resources make it possible so that
many people can.

Our grassroots efforts are supported by a collaboration of more than 70
organizations, corporations and government agencies. Working together, we're
giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them where they
are - in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground - with fun
physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes that make it possible for
them to eat nutritiously and play every day.

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