2002-10-05 / Community

Local Schools Get Health Grant

Local Schools Get Health Grant

Rep. Anthony Weiner has announced today that Queens' Community School District 27, which includes all of Rockaway, has been awarded a $252,227 physical fitness program grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The funding will be used to develop new, innovative physical education and health programs in Queens schools.

Health experts say that American children spend too much time watching television and playing video games, and too little time engaged in physical activity.  The result: our kids are getting too little exercise and sometimes gaining too much weight.

  That's why Rep. Weiner worked with CSD 27 officials to secure over $250,000 to fund physical education teacher training, student fitness education and assessments, and up-to-date instruction about healthy eating habits and good nutrition.

"Gym class should be fun, but it's also an important way for kids to get fit and learn good habits," said Rep. Weiner. "These funds will keep our schools on the cutting edge of health and nutrition programs, and will help our kids stay healthy, happy, and in good physical shape."

CSD 27 is comprised of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Broad Channel, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Belle Harbor, Howard Beach, Rockaway Beach, Lindonwood, Breezy Point, and Jamaica.

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