Grants for School Health and Wellness Actions

Using a competitive application process*, administered by Sustainable Jersey for Schools, the Department of Health regional partner agencies provide a small grant to public middle- and high-schools, to implement one of the following school health and wellness actions:

●  Create an Asthma Friendly School www.lung.org
       ●   Implement Breakfast After the Bell.  See also:
                   1)  NJ School Breakfast Campaign. https://www.acnj.org/school-breakfast 
      ●   Offer Healthy Food Choices.  See also:
                   1)  HealthierUS School Challenge,
                         https://www.fns.usda.gov/hussc/healthierus-school-challenge-smarter-lunchrooms a
                        voluntary certification initiative for schools enrolled in Team Nutrition
                     2) Farm to School program http://www.farmtoschool.nj.gov/agriculture
      ●   Access to Free and Healthy Water
      ●   Create or Strengthen Policies to Promote Physical Activity.  See also:
                    1)  Alliance for a Healthier Generation https://www.healthiergeneration.org
      ●   Implement Programs to Promote Physical Activity.  See also:
                    1)   Action for Healthy Kids (http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources) for school
                         resources and school grant opportunities. 
                    2)  Rutgers University’s Get Moving Get Healthy    
                           http://www.getmovinggethealthynj.rutgers.edu/
      ●   Create or Expand a School Garden
      ●   Create a School Wellness Council and Conduct a School Health Assessment
      ●   Implement a Staff Wellness Program.  See also:
                   1) Workplace Health Promotion www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/index.html )
      ●   Improving School Culture and Climate.  See also:
                 1) The  School Culture and Climate Initiative   
                       www.UnitedWayNNJ.org/YouthEmpowermentAlliance
                2) Campaign Connect (www.supportiveschools.org/solutions/campaign-connect )
      ●   Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE) Thinking, Emotions,
            Exercise, Nutrition (TEEN) www.cope2thrive.com

*schools and school districts that meet the criteria of greater than or equal to 40% of the student population being eligible for free and reduced lunch” are scored additional points

Last Reviewed: 3/2/2017