The American Heart Association marks 40 years of bringing heart health programs to schools across the country by awarding financial grants to invest in America’s schools and help educators make whole-body wellness a priority. In Grand Forks, Viking Elementary School has received $2,000 for new recess equipment and West Elementary School has received $1,500 for new scooters.

“We are excited to receive the grant from the AHA and add a fun new piece of equipment to our playground,” said Adam Eckert with Viking Elementary School. “The addition will give students another option to be active during recess as well as giving our community a fun place to gather and play as well.”

The American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge awarded more than $400,000 to more than 170 elementary schools who participated in the program’s inaugural year, 2018-19. The Kids Heart Challenge offers four physical activations: jumping rope, practicing basketball skills, dancing or completing an obstacle course. The curriculum prepares kids for success by supporting their physical and emotional well-being.

Grant recipients are now able to implement a variety of wellness activities with additions such as physical activity equipment, a mobile salad bar, CPR training resources, water bottle filling stations and educator training opportunities on their campuses.

Schools are encouraged to register now for the Kids Heart Challenge for grants ranging from $250 to $3,500.