• ST. LOUIS • The St. Louis Public School District has received $744,987.00 for the first year of a three-year grant issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program to provide physical education and nutrition education at the district’s elementary schools.

    The school system reports that it is the only school district in Missouri to receive this grant.

    The grant goes toward instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition. The school district plans to use the funds to fully implement its existing AIM for Fitness curriculum program.

    The curriculum program was created in 2009 to address a growing incidence of obesity and obesity-related diseases, particularly among children in urban environments.

    According to the district, the AIM for Fitness curriculum program will be implemented through partnerships with Washington University School of Medicine, Healthy Youth Partnership, BJC HealthCare, the St. Louis Rams Foundation, the Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund, and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

    The program will serve all of the District’s elementary schools, with a focus on grades 4 and 5.