Alabama Health & Physical Education

April 2020


First, I hope everyone is staying safe through this unprecedented time. I want to thank everyone for all that you are doing for your students. I have seen so many creative ideas on social media; it’s been very encouraging.

Secondly, this is a great opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues on ways that you all can help to make sure every student and family feels supported through this challenging time. For example, show your colleagues and parents ways that you can implement math skills into sports. The kids could shoot basketball and turn their made shots and missed shots into percentages. Then, they could graph the percentages. This is just one of many examples. Collaborate with their classroom teachers on the standards they would like covered and integrate them into the physical education standards. By doing so, you’ll be meeting the needs of the whole child.

Lastly, thank you again for everything that you are doing and will do. Remember, we will get through this together!

Miscellaneous Information

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SCALE BACK ALABAMA SCHOOLS 2020 - I'm sorry to let you all know that there will be no official weigh-outs for Scale Back this year due to the Corona virus. Please see below for the message that was posted recently on Facebook in case you haven't already seen it.

In light of recent events, many of you have asked how Scale Back Alabama plans to handle weigh-outs. After much consideration, the Scale Back Alabama Committee has decided to cancel weigh-outs for 2020. This decision did not come easy as we know how hard so many of you worked to develop healthy lifestyle habits this year.

Although weigh-outs have been cancelled, we will still be distributing individual cash prizes. Instead of just a few large cash prizes, we will be drawing for several smaller cash prizes. The drawing will take place on April 21 and all winners will be notified.

Thank you for understanding during this difficult time. We want to encourage you to continue on your healthy lifestyle journey and make plans to participate again in 2021!

I would like to add that there will still be prizes drawn for the school program. All schools that participated are eligible. Be on the lookout for more information on that in the coming weeks.

Thank you for taking part in the Scale Back Alabama School program. You are all shining, positive role models for students in your school in so many ways!

Molly B. Killman, MS,RD,LD
Director, Nutrition and Physical Activity Division
AL Department of Public Health

Virtual Resources

I know many of you have received the document with all of the online resources available to you. Below you will find a link to those resources.I have also added a link for HEAL United as well. They have a lot of great resources that would be very beneficial also.

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HEAL Virtual Resource


HEAL’s mission is to transform health culture in Alabama

through education & practice of healthy lifestyle behaviors

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2020 Alabama Archery in the Schools State Tournament T-shirt

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Alabama Archery in the Schools State Tournament, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Department has a surplus of shirts that have already been ordered. Attached is the design and we wish to offer these shirts for purchase by your students, coaches or parents. Each T-shirt will be $10 and there is no limit! We will ship one order free to each school on a first come first served basis. Please compile your order by size (# of youth medium, youth large, adult small, medium, large, X-large, 2X-large) and e-mail with a street address to Carolyn Hale at . Once we receive payment, we will ship your order by UPS.
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Summer Learning Opportunity

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, instead of offering a "face-to-face" conference, we are transitioning our summer learning opportunity to a virtual one. This opportunity will provide participants with 6 CEU hours and will be open for a specified window of time. At this time, we are planning to keep the conference open for 2-4 weeks to allow flexibility in completing the sessions. There will be more information soon to follow.
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has been awarding grants up $10,000 to schools across the state that enroll students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.The grants are for the implementation of school-based health and wellness programs that emphasize increased exercise, nutrition education and parental involvement during the school year. Starting Monday, January 6, applications can be completed on the Blue Cross website at The deadline to submit an application has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2020. Each selected school will receive a grant of up to $10,000, and schools will be further recognized with a Blue Cross Be Healthy School banner. In April 2021, students who successfully complete their school’s program will be presented with Be Healthy awards by Blue Cross.
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Game On Grants from Action for Healthy Kids

In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, our Game On grants provide funding, support, and resources for schools to increase physical activity and nutrition initiatives while promoting students’ social emotional learning. Funding is for $1,000 for physical activity OR nutrition projects; $2,500 for physical activity AND nutrition projects and $2,500 for Nutrition only (requires two nutrition projects, one being the CATCH nutrition education curriculum). The $2,500 Nutrition only grant application will open at the end of the month. PreK-12 schools in all states are eligible to apply.

· Watch the Game On Grant webinar to learn more.

Parents for Healthy Kids Grants from Action for Healthy Kids

Parents: Here’s your chance to make your mark on school health! Apply for a Parent for Healthy Kids grant that will provide funds and support to increase physical activity or nutrition initiatives while promoting students’ social emotional learning and engaging parents in school wellness. Grant funding starts at $1000. Parents or parent groups must apply for the grant (either for physical activity or nutrition) and lead projects in partnership with the school. Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals may receive priority, as well as schools located within 15 miles of an ALDI store, but all PreK-12 schools within eligible states are encouraged to apply. Eligible states: AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV.

· Register for the Parents for Healthy Kids Grant webinar to learn more.

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Bryant Elementary Annual 5k/1 mile Fun Run

Brant Elementary School hosted their 15th Annual Family 5K/1Mile Fun Run last Sunday. Their first run 15 years ago had 50 people. This year they had over 1641 runners. They want to thank all volunteers that helped make the annual fun run possible. Great job Bryant Elementary.