In addition to the Work to Play Program, Urban Initiatives was able to implement a project called Healthy Places. Through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control, we were able to expand our presence in 4 partner schools on the South Side. Working with school administrators, teachers and parent groups, we formed Wellness Committees at each school to drive projects and emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles.
Through this grant-funded project, we were able to support our amazing partner schools beyond the soccer team and reach more kids in the school with our message. Furthermore, we were able to help schools complete the HealthierUS Schools Challenge, which is a national award to recognize schools who celebrate the value of health.
By the numbers, here are just a few of the things that were able to accomplish in schools this year with the Healthy Places project:
Thanks to all the school staff and partner organizations that gave Urban Initiatives this opportunity to explore new ways of fostering healthier school communities