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New Energy Balance 101 Enrichment Zone Program from National PTA

The key to maintaining a healthy weight is pretty simple—burn at least as many calories as you eat. National PTA has partnered with Together Counts to incorporate this simple rule into a program for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Energy Balance 101 is a collection of interactive lesson plans designed for teachers to use in the classroom coupled with after-school activities that PTAs can do each week to reinforce and expand on the lessons learned in class. There are additional handouts for students to take home to encourage the rest of their family to practice healthy eating and activities.

Grant Funding Available

To further support the program, National PTA is awarding 25 local PTAs covering grades K through five $2,000 Healthy Lifestyles Grants to implement the Energy Balance 101 program at their school. PTAs earning the grants will:

The grand funding must be spent between October 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. Title I schools are strongly encouraged to apply for the grants. Apply online before the deadline on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 5:00pm EDT (4:00pm here in Illinois).