A grant program has awarded $1.088 million or projects that intend to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.



On Monday, the Kansas Health Foundation awarded grants as part of its Fall 2010 Recognition Grants.

A grant program has awarded $1.088 million or projects that intend to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.

On Monday, the Kansas Health Foundation awarded grants as part of its Fall 2010 Recognition Grants.

“We offer it twice a year and what they do is any organization that can benefit the health of Kansans are encouraged to apply,” said Chris Power, vice president for communications at the Kansas Health Foundation.

Two southeast Kansas school districts received grant funding as part of the program. USD 446 in Independence received $25,000 to provide grade school students in rural Montgomery County an after-school class focusing on physical fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyles and character education.

The program will also offer academic support for at-risk students and the grant is intended to pay for staff, field trips, recreational equipment and educational materials.

The second grant was awarded to USD 506 Labette County, to pay for Automated External Defibrillator training units, shipping and supplies. The district received $1,400 in grant funding. The materials will be used to educate Labette County residents on the use of AEDs.

“Any range of health benefit can be included,” Power said. “From education to nutritional activity can be considered.”

Power said that the grant program has been in effect for over 10 years and distributes around $2 million over the course of each year. There are two separate grant times, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

He said that a panel approves the applications.

“Prevention is our primary effort at the foundation,” Power said. “We would love to stop a problem before it even becomes an issue.”