Rapides Foundation Provides Grant Opportunity for Central Louisiana

July 29th, 2011

Thanks to The Rapides Foundation, you can apply for up to $10,000 to help improve the health of youth in your community. One goal of this funding is to support efforts to develop proven and innovative programs designed to increase physical activities for both young and old. SPARK has worked with The Rapides Foundation and […]

New Funding for State Health Departments to Support Chronic Disease Prevention

July 14th, 2011

“Prevention and Public Health Fund Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program” Deadline: July 22, 2011 Funding Amount: $300,000 – $2.4M Anticipated Awards: 53 (non-competitive) Project Period: 3 years Approx. Current Fiscal Year Funding: $ 39 mil Approx. Total Project Period Funding: $ 129 mil Funder: Affordable Care Act through the Prevention and Public […]

Can the Right PE Equipment Affect Educational Outcomes?

July 14th, 2011

Equipment is a critical component of a quality physical education program. Equipment is needed not only so students can participate, but also because equipment can be used to differentiate instruction, increase the levels of students participating and their enjoyment of Physical Education and Physical Activity.

The Importance of Early Childhood Activity

July 9th, 2011

Early childhood education focuses on children’s development during ages three to five. While this developmental period should ideally focus equally on mental and physical development, in recent decades an emphasis has been placed on mental development, creating a concurrent de-emphasis on physical development. However, the two actually go hand-in-hand and should not be considered two […]

Healthy People 2020 RFP: New Funding Available to Non-Profits

July 6th, 2011

New Funding Available to Non-Profits Working to Promote Improved Health at a Community Level! Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project Request for Proposal Summary: The purpose of this RFP is to solicit community-level projects that use Healthy People 2020 overarching goals, topic areas and objectives to promote improved heath at a community level. Funding is […]

Awards and Rewards for a Lifetime of Achievement

July 6th, 2011

On May 10, 2011, I met a Super Bowl MVP and an Olympic gold medalist–in the same day.  That was a first for me, and these were only some of the sports celebrities gathered in a spectacular chamber in a US Senate Office Building.  The occasion was even more special because I was presented a […]