Recess Advocacy Team - February Newsletter

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Recess helps students reach their full potential

Thank you for your interest in staying connected to the Recess Advocacy Team. Each month you can look forward to receiving our newsletter featuring information about the work we’re doing, tips, testimonials and resources for recess advocacy. 

Read on for grant and training opportunities to support recess and physical activity as well as partner highlights and best practices.
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Recess Champions

Leadership is essential for building a successful school recess culture.

"Test scores and research have shown that kids who are more physically active perform better academically. Our principal is 100% on board with this." 
 - Pittsburgh Public School Teacher

"My principal and I are on the same page: all kids need to get out... to get moving. We believe it keeps kids' minds sharp. Recess allows kids to maintain their attention span and mindset."
 - Chartiers Valley Teacher

Tips & Resources

Grant Opportunities:

Action for Healthy Kids - Applications are currently being accepted for school grants for the 2019-2020 school year. Schools may apply for (1) Breakfast grants to pilot or expand their school breakfast programs or (2) Game On grants to fund nutrition and physical activity initiatives, including recess programs and refurbishing projects! Schools and parents can apply for (3) parent-led grants to bring health and wellness programs to their children’s schools. The application deadline is April 5, 2019. Visit for more information.

Highmark Foundation School Grants and Awards Programs - The Highmark Foundation works in partnership with schools and communities to determine what changes made within schools will bring about system-wide improvement to children's overall health.


Training Opportunity:

Concussion Wise:
Do you work with kids who may be at risk of concussions? The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is now offering the Concussion Wise Live education program! Concussion Wise Live is an in-person education program that covers the four critical phases of concussion management: Prevention, Preparation, Response, and Recovery/Return to Play. ACHD staff is trained to present this program aimed at both coaches and parents.
For more information contact Marie Fontelo at Marie.Fontelo@AlleghenyCounty.US.

 Get up and Move

Partner Spotlight

Live Well Allegheny

Live Well Allegheny, an initiative of the Allegheny County Health Department, is a county-wide campaign to improve the overall health and wellness of Allegheny County residents. 

Live Well Allegheny is a member of the Recess Advocacy Team because play is a crucial part of lifelong wellness. Play gets kids moving and instills a love of physical activity and the outdoors, both of which promote good health. We hope to increase access to play and physical activity so all children in Allegheny County can lead long, healthy lives.
In 2016, the Borough of Etna, a Live Well Allegheny Community, hosted an Open Streets event. Open Streets highlights the importance of safe spaces for people of all ages to walk, bike, and play their way through a community. The event was funded by the Active Allegheny Grant Program, a joint initiative of Allegheny County Economic Development and the Allegheny County Health Department that funds planning and promotion of active transportation projects in low-moderate income municipalities.
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