; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Commits $150,000 in renewing its Healthy Habits for Life grant program for 2015
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Commits $150,000 in renewing its Healthy Habits for Life grant program for 2015

July 15, 2014

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is seeking grant applications until Oct. 10 from school personnel -- including nurses, teachers and administrators -- interested in helping their students reduce their cardiovascular risk, increase their physical activity or learn healthy eating habits.

Entering its ninth giving cycle, Healthy Habits for Life is a major grant program of the BCBSKS Foundation aimed at improving the overall health of Kansas youth while encouraging them to build life-long healthy habits. During the past eight years, the BCBSKS Foundation has awarded 760 grants in excess of $718,000, including $149,650 distributed in December 2013.

"Past grant recipients have done a tremendous job in developing programs that deliver results for their students, but our collective work in curbing childhood obesity in Kansas must continue," said Marlou Wegener, chief operating officer of the BCBSKS Foundation. "The Foundation's board of directors is pleased to renew the Healthy Habits for Life grant program for another year, enabling even more Kansas youth to receive at-school programs to help them improve their heart health, become more active or develop better eating habits."

Wegener said school personnel have used past grant dollars to purchase nutritional and wellness curriculum, healthy snacks, pedometers for walking programs and heart rate monitors for physical education classes. Other schools have used funds for health fairs, playground equipment or to purchase game systems to keep children active when inclement weather keeps them inside for recess.

Wegener encourages school nurses, physical education, health, and family and consumer science teachers, athletics directors, principals and other school personnel to apply for a Healthy Habits for Life grant.

The maximum grant amount is $1,000 and grants are limited to one per school. Healthy Habits for Life grants are available in the service area of the BCBSKS Foundation which includes all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.

Applications must be postmarked or received electronically no later than Oct. 10 with the funds distributed in mid-December. Grant recipients can use the funds for programs offered during the 2015 calendar year. A grant application and additional information is available at www.bcbsks.com/foundation.

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation promotes the good health of Kansans who live in the Foundation’s 103-county service area. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the largest health insurer in the state, incorporated the Foundation in 2005 as a way to further deepen its commitment to helping all Kansans lead healthier lives, an effort which both entities believe is an essential factor in keeping health care affordable. Through its giving, the Foundation focuses on key health issues that can impact the lives of many Kansans. It funds programs and activities that are, at their core, health-related and in particular, promote health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Both entities serve all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.bcbsks.com/foundation.

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