FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2007
Schumer Announces Over $267,000 Coming To East Greenbush Central School District
School District Will Use Federal Funds To Implement A New Physical Education And Nutrition Curriculum
Given The Explosion In Childhood Obesity, Comprehensive Physical Education Programming Is Important Now More Than Ever
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $267,355 has been awarded in federal funds to the East Greenbush Central School District as part of the Department of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program. The District will use federal funds to implement their “Flip for Success” physical education program and provide new equipment that will encourage all students in the district to maintain healthy eating patterns and increased physical activity. Senator Schumer wrote a letter to the Department of Education on behalf of the East Greenbush School district urging them to approve the grant application.
“This is great news for the East Greenbush Central School District,” Schumer said. “Given the explosion in childhood obesity, physical education is an important, yet often overlooked, part of a well rounded education. This funding will help our schools teach kids the importance of good nutrition and leading a healthy and active lifestyle.”
“Senator Schumer has been instrumental in channeling funding to students in Upstate New York,” said Dr. Angela M. Guptill, Assistant Superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District. “He encouraged the East Greenbush Central School District to submit a Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant and with the receipt of this award, students in the East Greenbush Central School District will have access to the newest and most modern physical education equipment in the nation. The Senator’s commitment to the health and wellness of children in New York State is reflected in his support of the East Greenbush Central School District throughout the entire grant process. The district owes a very special thank you to Senator Schumer.”
The East Greenbush Central School District will use federal funds for a project developed by the district called FLIP for Success (Fit for Life Individualized Program for Success). The school district has worked diligently since 2004 to develop this comprehensive K-12 fitness and wellness program. FLIP for Success is a personal wellness plan for each child in the East Greenbush Central School District that encourages healthy eating and physical fitness. Students are taught how to maintain proper levels of physical activity, healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle so they can maintain healthy habits well into adulthood. Through FitnessGrams and charts, each student is able to track his or her personal wellness. Additional money will be used for teacher training and professional development. The East Greenbush Central School District is one of 98 districts nationally to receive this award from a total of 1,094 applications received by the U.S. Department of Education.
In 2006, studies showed 15 percent of children in New York were overweight and an estimated one in six overweight New York children and teens were considered to have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts them at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. However, the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with adequate nutrition and exercise. Research has demonstrated that comprehensive school health programs enable parents, educators, and entire communities to increase the chances that children will make healthy decisions about physical activity, nutrition, drug use, and deter violent behavior. Solid programming is the key to developing a comprehensive program to increase the chances that good habits will remain with children into adulthood.
The Department of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides funds to community organizations and educational organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs for K-12 students in order to make progress toward meeting state standards for physical education by providing funds for equipment, support, and teacher training. Recipients of Carol M. White Physical Education Program grants must design and implement a program that clearly aligns to state standards for physical education and provide for one or more of the following: fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain physical well-being; instruction in motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance physical, mental, social, or emotional development; development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about motor skills and physical fitness that support healthy lifestyles; opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation; instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition; and opportunities for professional development for physical education teachers to stay abreast of current research, issues, and trends in physical education.