Skip to main content

Pennsylvania Schools Accept the Challenge to Fight Childhood Obesity

  • Published: 2010-10-04 : Author: Highmark Healthy High 5
  • Synopsis: Schools will be able to strengthen and enhance their physical activity and nutrition programs by providing a variety of different activities.

Main Document

In an effort to address the serious health reality of childhood obesity, Highmark Healthy High 5 has taken its $8 million School Challenge Grant program to a new level by providing $650,000 in Super+ School Challenge grants to 13 Pennsylvania schools.

"Through these grants, schools will be able to strengthen and enhance their physical activity and nutrition programs by providing a variety of different activities," said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. "Schools will also engage parents to be a part of this effort as students continue to carry on their healthy habits at home."

Highmark Healthy High 5, an initiative of the Highmark Foundation, awarded $50,000 Super+ School Challenge grants to these thirteen schools so they can continue to provide successful programming that focuses on the nutritional and physical activity needs of students.

In Pennsylvania, one in three children are considered obese, according to BMI (body mass index) standards. This recent contribution will impact nearly 8,000 Pennsylvania elementary, middle and high school students during the next two years. Some of the measurable outcomes that the schools will expect to see include improvements in endurance, strength and flexibility in student fitness levels; increases in the minutes per week that students engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity over an extended period of time; and positive changes in eating habits through available nutritional choices.

Through new programs funded through the Super+ School Challenge grants, the participating schools will be challenged to continue to provide the lasting, systemic changes that improve the nutrition and the quality and quantity of physical education among students.

The following schools have received a Highmark Healthy High 5 Super+ School Challenge grant for 2010-2012:

Avonworth Middle School, Allegheny County

Serra Catholic High School, Allegheny County

Gateway Middle School, Allegheny County

Laurel Highlands High School, Fayette County

South Hanover Elementary, Dauphin County

Mount Carmel Jr., Sr. High School, Northumberland County

Neshannock Jr., Sr. High School, Lawrence County

New Kensington-Arnold District Elementary, Westmoreland County

Northeastern High School, York County

Northern Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon County

Plainfield Elementary, Northampton County

Park Forest Middle School, Center County

Titusville Middle School, Venango County

For more information about the Super+ School Challenge and ways you can help engage our community's youth in better health, visit

• Discussion: Have Your Say! - Add your comment or discuss this article on our FaceBook Page.

Similar Topics

1 : Evaluation of Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program Examines Transdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program : University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
2 : Majority of Parents Do Not Believe Their Child's BMI Report Card : SAGE.
3 : More Obese Children and Adolescents Than Underweight by 2022 : World Health Organization (WHO).
4 : Childhood Obesity - A Psychological Disorder? : Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
5 : Trend Reversal in Childhood Obesity - BMI Decline in 8 Yr Old Boys : University of Gothenburg.
From our Childhood Obesity section - Full List (82 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.

1 : Eating at Night, Sleeping By Day Alters Key Blood Proteins
2 : Interior Car Temperature Can Become Life-threatening for Children in an Hour
3 : 20 New Episodes of Letters to Lynette with Dr. Lynette Louise to Air on The Autism Channel in 2018
4 : Turnstone Center Designated as Official Paralympic Training Site by US Olympic Committee
5 : Help Your Child in School by Adding Language to The Math
6 : 50% of Retirees Saw Little or No COLA Increase in Net 2018 Social Security Benefits
7 : Turnstone Endeavor Games Concludes with National Records Broken
8 : Spinning in Circles and Learning From Myself by Tsara Shelton

Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.

© 2004 - 2018 Disabled World™