U.S. Department of Education Awards Grant to United Way NCA for its Fun Fly & Fit Program
United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) has received a grant of more than $761,000 for our Fun, Fly & Fit program from the U.S. Department of Education. The award is one of 56 grants under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program totaling $27 million issued to school districts and community organizations that plan to implement nutrition and fitness programs for students in their regions. The programs must help students progress towards meeting state standards for physical education, as well as offer instruction in healthy eating habits.
Fun, Fly & Fit is a results-focused program that motivates children to play, exercise and have fun. Developed by United Way NCA in 2008, Fun Fly & Fit has scored remarkable successes throughout Metropolitan Washington. The program’s goal is to educate elementary school students about physical fitness and nutrition and to provide regular opportunities to engage in physical activity.
With the new funding from this grant, United Way NCA has formed a strategic coalition of community stakeholders including Prince George’s County Public Schools, Kaiser Permanente, HopSports, and the Washington Redskins Foundation, to help 15 Prince George’s County Public Schools provide students with authentic, sustainable fitness, exercise, and nutrition programming. Beginning in October 2012 and running for three years, 150 students at each site will take part in a program specifically designed to bring fun, excitement, and a carefree sense of play back into afterschool recreation.
“Fun, Fly & Fit has built a strong foundation over the last four years and the program has seen tremendous success,” said Euniesha Davis, United Way NCA Director of Childhood Wellness. “We have reached over 30,000 students through our afterschool program and in-school assemblies and this grant will allow us to greatly expand our reach. This is community impact in action.”