Connecticut State Board of Education Awarded $15,000 Healthy Eating Grant
The Connecticut State Board of Education was one of only three states awarded a $15,000 grant by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to develop and implement policies to foster healthy eating among students and promote school health programs. The grant will be used during the next three years as the board works with state agencies on a short list of critical student health areas for policy development, including nutrition.
“Working with state boards nationwide as they develop policies to help students be healthy and ready to learn is at the core of NASBE’s mission,” said NASBE Executive Director Jim Kohlmoos. “With this grant, we are pleased to support the continuation of the work already taking place in Connecticut.”
In addition to working closely with NASBE personnel and health and education experts in Connecticut to help develop these policies, board members will tackle an array of related policy issues.
Under this grant, the state board will work to: increase school district capacity to draft, implement and monitor health and wellness policies; uniformly collect and publish health and wellness indicators in the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Strategic School Profiles (SSP) database; and increase the number of districts and schools adding health and wellness objectives to their school strategic/improvement plans and student success plans.
The grants were made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.