Jefferson earns Activated School Challenge award

DELPHOS — Activate Allen County, Mercy Health,The Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Board of Putnam County & The Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties are to announce that proud Delphos Jefferson High School has been awarded 2021/ 2022 Activated School Challenge Awards.

The Activated School Challenge is a grant program that supports area schools to improve student health through increased physical activity, improved nutrition and increased mental health programming. Schools are required to complete self-assessments, create an improvement plan and an itemized budget for their Activated School Challenge proposal. After a review process, the funders then approve proposals to be awarded. Approved proposals are provided free technical assistance and funding to operate the approved programs.

Jefferson High School plans on purchasing materials to launch a healthy food pantry on site. This will increase nutrition, education around nutrition and provide mental health protective factors for students.

12 area schools have received 2021/2022 Activated School Challenge Awards in three counties:

Allen County

1. Delphos Jefferson High School

2. Lima City Schools’ ECCO Program

3. St. Rose Catholic School

4. Lima West Middle School

Auglaize County

1. Cridersville Elementary School

2. Holy Rosary School

Putnam County

1. Jennings Local Schools

2. Leipsic Local Schools

3. Ottawa Elementary

4. Sts. Peter & Paul School

Funding and support for the program has been made possible by Mercy Health, The Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Board of Putnam County & The Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize & Hardin Counties through a partnership with Activate Allen County.

“Research tells us that if we can instill healthy lifestyle habits in our school-age children, we can set them up for a lifetime of healthy living,” says Tyler Smith – Mercy’s Director, Community Health. “In order for us to fulfill our mission of building healthier communities, we need to support the excellent work of our schools and teachers as they work diligently to incorporate wellness into their everyday curriculums.”

For additional information, please contact Josh Unterbrink at Activate Allen County at 419-222-6045 or junterbrink@activateallencounty.com.

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