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SHAPE grants deadline looms

8/1/2014, 7:15 a.m.

Elementary, middle and high schools can apply for Georgia SHAPE funding to improve student fitness.

The submission deadline is Aug. 29.

The application and instructions are available at http://georgiashape.org. Click on SHAPE Grant Opportunities.

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced the fourth round of funding on June 18 in coordination with Georgia SHAPE. Successful applicants will receive grant funding and technical assistance to test new strategies that support implementation of federal laws, including the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act requirements, and to improve student fitness based on the results of the FitnessGram assessment.

The implementation period is September 2014-June 2015.

The Georgia SHAPE initiative is designed to combat childhood obesity. For more information, contact Reginald Tooley at reginald.tooley@dph.ga.gov or Matt Yancey at matt.yancey@dph.ga.gov.