Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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KDE to provide meals through Summer Food Service Program

From June to August, the Summer Food Service Program, federally funded and administered by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will provide meals at no cost to children age 18 and under who are from low-income families.
Resources

AppHarvest launches education initiative with health and nutrition activities

AppHarvest is launching an educational initiative based on the health and nutrition of Appalachia. AppHarvest's Earth Day platform promotes the concept of feeding the future with a call to action to eat more vegetables because it's good for people's health and the health of the planet. 
Recognitions

Four Kentucky schools get award for healthy family engagement

Four Kentucky public schools, already among the state’s 45 winners of the America’s Healthiest Schools designation by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, have won the additional honor of the first-ever Family Engagement Distinction presented by Kohl’s Healthy at Home.
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Kentucky shines in Healthy Schools awards

Forty-one of 45 Kentucky schools recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are part of the Baptist Health School Wellness Initiative, offered by the Delta Rural Network Center at Baptist Health Madisonville.
Recognitions

Two Fayette County teachers are SHAPE award finalists

Two teachers for Fayette County Public Schools are among the 22 finalists nationwide for 2021 Teacher of the Year awards from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America).
Jessica Napier is the middle and high school health education teacher for Lee County Schools and has taught health education for 18 years.

Lee County health education teacher brings home national award

Jessica Napier, alongside friends and family, waited to hear if she would be named the 2020 SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year during the May 5 virtual ceremony.
Announcements

Three Schools Win $100K DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center

The multi-million dollar DON’T QUIT! Campaign has named Stuart Academy/Frost Sixth-Grade Academy (Jefferson County), Hiseville Elementary School (Barren County) and Wurtland Middle School (Greenup County) as the state’s most outstanding schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.
News

Three schools to get fitness centers as part of National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness...

With a goal of ending childhood obesity, Gov. Andy Beshear and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, announced Feb. 3 that Kentucky has been selected for the Councils’s 2020 DON’T QUIT! Campaign.
Announcements

Revised Health Education, P.E. standards documents for 2019-2020 available

After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in 2017, revised standards for health education and physical education have been adopted into law.
Spotlight

Supporting students, teachers and health education through ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is transforming opportunities in health and physical education. We are moving away from federal mandates and into an era where local communities can step forward and create powerful, locally relevant programs in health and physical education.