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De Soto USD 232 receives health grant

December 11, 2009

Kansas Coordinated School Health has award De Soto USD 232 a $6,500 grant for health and wellness for the next three years.

The district will use the grant funds for programs that include nutrition education, tobacco prevention, physical activity and staff wellness.

Kansas Coordinated School Health works to bring school personnel, parents, community members and community resources together to address policies and programs that focus on nutrition, physical activity, tobacco prevention and other topics that affect the health and wellness of all children. The grant program is designed to assist schools and school districts in making progress toward exemplary wellness policies.

"Healthy children make better students, and better students make better communities," is the mission of KCSH according to the program directors, Dr. Mark Thompson of the Kansas State Department of Education of Jane Shirley of the Kansas Department of Environment.

"We hope the funding will assist schools in developing a culture that supports students in adopting lifelong healthy behaviors. Schools can be valuable link in communities by bringing many resources together for success."

More information about Kansas Coordinated School Health can be found at its Web site, www.kshealthykids.org.

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