The Kentucky Board of Education has been awarded a $6,000 grant by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to help the board continue to strengthen and implement policies to foster healthy eating among students and promote school health programs.

The grant will be used during the next two years as the board works with state agencies to create a plan to sustain this work beyond the grant period.

Kentucky was one of four states to receive a grant from NASBE.

“Working with state boards nationwide as they develop policies to help students be healthy and ready to learn is at the core of NASBE’s mission,” said NASBE Executive Director Jim Kohlmoos. “With this grant, we are pleased to support the continuation of the work already taking place in Kentucky.”

In addition to working with NASBE personnel and health and education experts in Kentucky to sustain the health committee created with a prior grant, the state board will continue its work to enhance the state’s process of evaluating schools’ compliance with school health initiatives.

The grants were made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.