• ‘Thriving Schools Initiative’ Aimed at Keeping Students Healthy

    Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with District 50 to create new programs to try and make good heath a part of every day school life. $50,000 has been awarded to bring Brain Gym training to all elementary schools and to expand after school activities for middle school students.

    “We are excited to partner with Kaiser Permanente on this initiative,” said Tony Streno, who led the District’s effort to win the grant. “Keeping kids mentally and physically strong is a big part of learning.”

    Brain Gym training teaches students a series of movements or exercises that they can use while in the classroom to remain alert and engaged in their studies. It’s a way to exercise the brain and improve concentration and focus.

    Increased funding for after school programs for middle school students is desperately needed. Many families are looking for healthy, safe outlets for students once the school day is over.

    “The link between healthy students, reduced absenteeism and stronger academic performance is well documented. Thriving Schools offers us a unique and targeted campaign to work collaboratively with Colorado schools to advance health and improve academic performance,” said Donna Lynne, DrPH, president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “In addition, healthier schools cultivate a stronger Colorado workforce for the future.”

    Last fall, Kaiser Permanente Colorado invited school districts up and down the Front Range to apply for Thriving Schools Grants. A total of more than $1.4 million was awarded to 21 school districts representing 633 schools and more than 400,000 students and staff.

    Posted April 3, 2014