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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Alabama Pilots School Grant Program Addressing Childhood Obesity

October 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM – In our commitment to help prevent childhood obesity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has launched a pilot school grant program and is awarding $67,000 in grants to eight elementary schools statewide for the 2012-2013 school year. The grants are for the implementation of school-based health and wellness programs, emphasizing increased exercise, nutrition education and parental involvement during the school year.  Each school is receiving a grant up to $10,000. 

In May 2013, students successfully completing their school’s program will be presented Be Healthy medals by Blue Cross, and schools will be further recognized with a Blue Cross Be Healthy School banner. Blue Cross plans to expand the school grant program for the 2013-2014 school year based on pilot results from this school year.

Below are the schools receiving grants for the 2012-2013 school year:

  • Amelia Love Johnson School, Thomaston, Alabama, Marengo County
  • Cleburne County Elementary School, Heflin, Alabama, Cleburne County
  • College Street Elementary School, Enterprise, Alabama, Coffee County
  • Five Points Elementary School, Five Points, Alabama, Chambers County
  • Greenville Middle School, Greenville, Alabama, Butler County
  • Harlan Elementary School, Florence, Alabama, Lauderdale County
  • Monte Sano Elementary School, Huntsville, Alabama, Madison County
  • W.J. Christian K-8 School, Birmingham, Alabama, Jefferson County

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
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