• St. Louis public schools awarded $2.2 million grant for physical, nutrition education

    St. Louis Public School District officials announced that the district has received $744,987 for the first year of a three-year, $2.2 million grant issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program.

    St. Louis Public School District is the only school district in Missouri to receive the grant, which will go toward providing physical education and nutrition education at the district’s elementary schools, focusing on grades four and five. The local award was one of 56 grants totaling $27 million.

    Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state standards for physical education, and the programs must offer instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition.

    The district said it will use the grant funds to implement its AIM for Fitness curriculum program, which was developed in 2009 to address the growing incidence of obesity and obesity-related diseases, particularly among children in urban environments. The goal of the program is to increase the overall health and fitness of students.

    The AIM curriculum program will be implemented by the district in partnership 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.