CHICAGO, Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) announces the 50 recipients of Game On grants for the 2017-2018 school year with funding provided by GoGo squeeZ®. Awarded in 13 states, the grants aim to expand students' access to physical activity and healthy foods in schools, improve knowledge and behaviors around healthy snacking, and engage parents in activities that reinforce healthy habits at home.
As part of a broader partnership with AFHK, the 50 GoGo squeeZ-funded Game On grants help returning grantees sustain their programs and new grantees use the funds for a variety of wellness purposes that introduce students to the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle, including:
- Nutrition education: Supplemental nutrition education, school gardens, taste tests, healthy snacking, and healthy classroom parties and celebrations.
- Physical activity: Funding for physical education, active indoor and outdoor recess, classroom energizers, walking and running clubs, and before- and after-school programs.
"Exposing kids to healthy eating and physical activity at an early age is vital to set them up for success in school and help them build healthy habits for life," said Rob Bisceglie, CEO, Action for Healthy Kids. "We are thrilled to be able to provide even more schools this year with the funding and resources they need to implement essential health and wellness programming, thanks to the continued support of GoGo squeeZ."
"GoGo squeeZ is committed to our mission to make families happier and healthier, as well as bring goodness to kids and communities," said Helene Caillate, Chief Marketing Officer, GoGo squeeZ. "Through our partnership with Action for Healthy Kids, we are seeing sustainable, impactful changes happening in schools and their surrounding communities. We are excited to support these continued efforts to educate children on the benefits of healthy snacking in the coming school year!"
In addition to funding, AFHK provides technical assistance to help schools successfully implement their grants and utilize AFHK's Game On program to advance their health and wellness environments. For a complete list of schools funded by GoGo squeeZ and to learn more about the partnership between AFHK and GoGo squeeze and school success stories, visit ActionforHealthyKids.org/GoGosqueeZ.
About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® is a nationwide grassroots network mobilizing school professionals, families and communities to take actions that improve school foods, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education for all students. Through funding opportunities, expert technical assistance, and our flagship program, Game On, Action for Healthy Kids supports schools in developing healthy environments where children thrive. To learn more about the ways our 120,000+ volunteer network is helping to make every kid healthy, active and ready to learn, visit us at ActionforHealthyKids.org, on Facebook (act4healthykids) and on Twitter (@Act4HlthyKids).
About GoGo squeeZ®
Since 1998, GoGo squeeZ® has been the leading squeezable, all natural, 100 percent fruit applesauce in a pouch. GoGo squeeZ provides Goodness On The Go with nearly 20 flavors of squeezable applesauce and yogurt; each pouch is crafted with the highest quality natural ingredients. The brand has a partnership with Action for Healthy Kids and with Olympian and Child Nutrition Advocate Dominique Dawes to bring awareness to kids' nutrition and to instill healthy eating habits. GoGo squeeZ is the proud recipient of numerous industry awards including the Women's Choice Award and National Parenting Product Award. For more information on GoGo squeeZ and to purchase its product collections, visit gogosqueez.com.
SOURCE Action for Healthy Kids