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Student Wellness Programs

In 2008, the State legislature passed HB 1224, providing state money from Amendment 23 to be used for Student Wellness Programs to address:

  • Childhood Obesity
  • Wellness Policies

The Programs use the Coordinated School Health model to address these priorities through:

  • Physical education
  • Nutrition services
  • Mental health counseling and services
  • Promotion of a healthy school environment
  • Health education
  • Health services
  • Involvement of students' families and communities in supporting and reinforcing healthy choices

In addition, Districts must have 100% licensed or endorsed PE teachers if larger than 1500 students

The State legislature’s Intent:

High-quality physical education programs taught by persons who are licensed and endorsed in physical education may be a factor in battling the rising incidence of obesity by ensuring not only that children receive a healthy level of physical activity, but that they also learn skills and develop knowledge that will enable them to maintain a healthy level of activity throughout their lifetimes.

Districts funded for Student Wellness Programs:

  • Canon City
  • Cripple Creek
  • East Grand
  • Englewood
  • Lamar
  • Las Animas
  • NE BOCES (10 districts)
  • Pueblo 70
  • Woodland Park

Success Stories from Funded Sites:

Grant Information: End of Year Program and Continuation

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Mathew, Office of Health & Wellness at (303) 866-6903

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