Action for Healthy Kids(R) and CSX(R) Award Physical Activity Grants to 200
Schools in 10 States
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 07/23/13 -- Action for Healthy
Kids (AFHK) announced today that it is partnering with CSX to award
200 schools in 10 states with School Grants for Healthy Kids, ranging
from $1,000 to $5,000 each, for the 2013-2014 school year. Totaling
$700,000, the grants will focus on increasing daily physical activity
for approximately 75,000 students. Additionally, CSX will host
service events at select granted schools, where CSX employees will
volunteer their time and resources to improve the schools' physical
Multiple studies show that kids who get regular physical activity
experience improvements in both their fitness levels and brain
function. Yet one in two U.S. students doesn't receive PE in an
average week. The funding from CSX recognizes the importance of
physical activity on children's health and helps to fill a gap in the
national resources provided to schools for wellness initiatives.
"Although physical activity is recognized as an important component
in fighting childhood obesity, it is often overshadowed by nutrition
initiatives," explains AFHK CEO Rob Bisceglie. "We are thrilled that
CSX has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids' efforts to make kids
healthier by focusing on this crucial piece of the equation. Their
support will enable us to provide direct assistance to schools to get
students moving and prime their brains for learning."
School Grants for Healthy Kids funded activities will aim to increase
students' physical activity to 30 minutes per day in school and
influence them to be active for an additional 30 minutes per day
outside of school; improve student knowledge, attitudes and behaviors
around physical activity; and engage CSX employees and parents of
students to support physical activity at school and at home.
The commitment is a natural extension for CSX, which has long
provided innovative health and wellness initiatives to its employees.
"CSX is focused on wellness, and supporting physical activity in
schools is a great way for us to share this priority with the
communities we serve," says Tori Kaplan, CSX's assistant vice
president of Corporate Social Responsibility. "We couldn't be more
excited to partner with Action for Healthy Kids in this important
School Grants for Healthy Kids funds will be distributed to schools
in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.
About Action for Healthy KidsÂ®
Action for Healthy KidsÂ® (AFHK) fights childhood obesity,
undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become
healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. The organization
partners with a legion of dedicated volunteers -- teachers, students,
moms, dads, school wellness experts and more -- from within the ranks
of its 50,000+ constituency to create healthful school changes. After
all, everyone has a part to play in ending the nation's childhood
obesity epidemic. AFHK's programs, tools and resources make it
possible so that many people can.
AFHK's grassroots efforts are supported by a collaboration of more
than 75 organizations, corporations and government agencies. Working
together, they'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
and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Act4HlthyKids.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation
company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload
services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets,
including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and
consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical
role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.
Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern
United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population
resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more
than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and
small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and
its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook
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