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Student Wellness Programs

Healthy Schools/Student Wellness Grants

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About Student Wellness Grants

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 Student Wellness Grant, exists to implement student wellness programs that support the implementation of whole school, whole community, whole child approaches to:

  • Increase coordination of policies, practices, and programs to support the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of students and reduce barriers to learning.
  • Build district infrastructure and sustainability to support a WSCC approach.
  • Improve local wellness (USDA) or supporting health and wellness policies aligned with best practices.
  • Increase implementation of district wellness policies and best practices to support healthy eating, physical activity, and health education.
  • Connect school health and wellness efforts to comprehensive health education standards and skills.

The Programs use the Coordinated School Health model (Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child)  to address these priorities through:

  • Health Education
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity
  • Nutrition Environment and Services
  • Health Services
  • Counseling Psychological and Social Services
  • Social Emotional Climate
  • Physical Environment
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Involvement

About Student CDC Healthy Schools Grant

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has been working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and other statewide partners to reduce chronic disease risk factors and improve student health by addressing healthy eating/nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease management for children and youth. Colorado local education agencies (LEAs), including six priority LEAs have been receiving quality professional development (PD) and technical assistance (TA) to support their school health efforts to prevent obesity and reduce the risk of children and adolescents developing chronic disease in adulthood and manage chronic health conditions prevalent in student populations including poor health, asthma, food allergies, seizure disorders, diabetes and other diseases, and disabilities or conditions.




Healthy Schools Quick Links

Health and Wellness Fact Sheets 

Contact the Health and Wellness Team

News and Announcements


The student wellness grant application for 2021-2022 has been released.  This grant program exists to support evidence-based practices and the implementation of Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approaches as a strategy to improve the health and well-being of children and youth in Colorado schools.  Successful grantees will work at the school and district level to coordinate and align programs, policies, practices, and environmental changes in an effort to systematically identify and address barriers related to learning and health. Through this coordinated approach, efforts may support the physical, mental, emotional and/or social needs of students. 


Applications Due: Friday, April 2, 2021, by 11:59 pm  


Application Information Webinar: MondayMarch 1, 2021, from 3:00-4:00 pm


Intent to Apply Due (not required): Friday, March 5, 2021, by 11:59 pm 


Full Application (PDF)

Grant Cover Page (Word doc)

Grant Assurances (Word doc)

Grant Work Plan Template (Word doc)

Budget (Excel doc)


Student Wellness Application Webinar 

Slides from Student Wellness Application Webinar


For additional application resources see Grantee Success Stories and Grantee Resources Below

Webinar tips for planning and writing a competitive application, and resources for funding opportunities.

Recorded Webinar

Presentation Slides (PDF)



Current Student Wellness Grantees

  • Archuleta School District
  • Center Consolidated Schools
  • CSI - New America School
  • Harrison School District #2
  • Hayden School District
  • Lake County School District 
  • Poudre School District
  • Silverton School District
  • Weld County School District 6
  • El Paso County School District 49
  • Englewood Schools 
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • St. Vrain Valley School District
  • STRIVE Preparatory Schools

Current CDC Healthy Schools Grantees *

  • Lake County School District 
  • Englewood Schools 
  • Valley RE-1 
  • Platte Valley RE-7 
  • Sheridan School District 
  • Weld County RE-1 


Previously Funded Districts



Cripple Creek

South Routt/Hayden


Lake County

Center Consolidated Schools 26JT 


Manitou Springs

Cripple Creek

Manitou Springs

Grand County Schools

Woodland Park













* Funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, School Health Branch, Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools (CDC-RFA-DP18-1801) Grant. This is a five year grant supporting these districts. 

For More Information on Comprehensive Health & Physical Education Training Offerings Contact:

James Hurley, Ph.D.
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Content Specialist
P 303.866.6453 | C: 303.910.3901