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SDSU Extension-Worksite Wellness

SDSU Extension-Worksite Wellness
Worksite Wellness Grant Applications Due August 21, 2017
The Associated Press - August 2, 2017

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Grant opportunities are available to all South Dakota worksites interested in creating healthier work environments.

Steps to Wellness Workplace Physical Activity and Healthier Vending and Snack Bar grants are offered through the South Dakota Department of Health's Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

 
"The Steps to Wellness grants are designed to assist worksites in implementing physical activity policy and environmental changes," said Nikki Prosch, SDSU Extension Health & Physical Activity Field Specialist.
 
"These grant funds will be used to enhance sustainable physical activity policy change and provide additional opportunities for physical activity within the workplace," she said of the funds.
 
"The Healthier Vending and Snack Bar Policy grants assist worksites in providing and promoting healthier food options in worksite vending machines and/or snack bars," said Megan Hlavacek, Healthy Foods Coordinator for the SD Department of Health.
 
The project uses a traffic light system to identify foods to choose often (green), foods to choose occasionally (yellow) and foods to avoid (red).
 
More information about Munch Code Health Vending can be found here: http://www.munchcode.org/compare/vending/.
 
Grant deadline is August 21, 2017
The deadline to apply for both grant opportunities is August 21, 2017.
The Steps to Wellness grant will award up to $2,000 to 10 eligible worksites, and 10 worksites will receive up to $1,000 for the Healthier Vending and Snack Bar grant.
 
"Funding for both grant opportunities will be awarded to applicants that strategically address environmental and policy change related to promotion of worksite wellness," Hlavacek said.
 
Example projects for the Steps to Wellness grant opportunity include dedicating an open office or unused space for engagement in physical activity, installing bike racks on worksite property, developing policy to allow stairwell use during work hours and creating an aesthetically pleasing environment in stairwells.
 
Worksites selected for the Healthier Vending and Snack Bar grant will receive one-on-one training, healthy vending and snack bar toolkits, professionally formatted promotional signage and technical assistance.
 
Project ideas include purchasing a refrigerated cooler for healthier vending machine options or displays like racks and stands to showcase healthy items in snack bars and cafeterias. 
 
Visit  http://healthysd.gov/fundingopportunities/ to access the grant applications. To learn more, contact Prosch at nikki.prosch@sdstate.edu.


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