Tuesday, February 21, 2012

National Competition to Support School-based Programs Promoting Physical Activity

ChildObesity180 and the Partnership for a Healthier America have announced the launch of the Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), a national competition to support school-based programs and technological innovations that promote physical activity for children.  The ASAP competition will award a total of $500,000 to schools with the most "innovative, impactful, and cost-effective" physical activity programs, and to technology developers who create new ways of using technology to promote increased physical activity among youth. Grantees will also participate in funded pilot studies aimed at expanding their programs' reach and impact.

The school-based programs category is focused on those programs already active (programs not yet implemented will not be considered) targeting children ages 5-12. Programs in public, private, charter, and parochial schools are invited to apply. Specifically, a school's physical activity program may be "any curriculum, activity, environmental modification, event, or other initiative that promotes quality school-time physical activity among the target population." The competition will award prizes of $25,000 to up to ten regional school program winners, and prizes of $100,000 to up to two national school program winners.

For more information, visit the ASAP website.

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