Kids Heart Challenge awards grant to Addison's Fullerton School
The American Heart Association, the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, marks 40 years of bringing heart health programs to schools across the country by awarding financial grants to invest in America's schools and help educators make whole-body wellness a priority.
In Addison, Fullerton school has received $1,300 for resistance bands and push-up mats.
The American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge awarded more than $400,000 to more than 170 elementary schools who participated in the program's inaugural year, 2018-19. The Kids Heart Challenge offers four physical activations to get students' hearts pumping: jumping rope, practicing basketball skills, dancing or completing an obstacle course.
The curriculum prepares kids for success by supporting their physical and emotional well-being, offers new learning resources and physical activities to meet the needs of today's youth and educators.
Grant recipients are now able to implement a variety of wellness activities with additions such as physical activity equipment, a mobile salad bar, CPR training resources, water bottle filling stations and educator training opportunities on their campuses.
"At the American Heart Association, we believe that all children should be able to live healthy lives. Regular physical activity is associated with a healthier, longer life and with a lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke. We are thrilled to award Fullerton School with this grant to increase physical activity and better the health of their students," said Lisa Hinton, American Heart Association Chicago Executive Director.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans only 20% of kids get enough activity to meet physical activity recommendations.
The Kids Heart Challenge is rooted in proven science which has shown that kids who are regularly active have a better chance of a healthy adulthood .
In addition to improved physical health, the benefits of physical activity for children include better grades, school attendance and classroom behavior.
Physical activity can also help kids feel better, improve mental health, build self-esteem, and decrease and prevent conditions such as anxiety and depression .
Funds raised by Kids Heart Challenge participants support the American Heart Association's scientific research and outreach programs, paving the way for technological breakthroughs to improve health outcomes while creating healthier communities. Schools are encouraged to register now for the Kids Heart Challenge to bring expanded curriculum resources to their classrooms in the 2019-20 school year. All participating schools are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $250 to $3,500.
To learn more about other school programs, or to make a donation to the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org.