Congressman Gerry Connolly said today that the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) system will receive a $741,840 federal grant for its Living Fit in Fairfax (LFF) program to combat obesity and promote physical fitness.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Education Carol M. White Physical Education Program is for the fiscal year beginning October 1. Additional grants are expected for the following two fiscal years.
The federal grant program is aimed at helping students meet state physical fitness standards by helping school systems initiate, expand, or improve physical education programs, including after-school programs.
By implementing LFF, FCPS will address existing needs and weaknesses by providing enhanced resources to promote FCPS studentsâ€™ well-being. The project will provide enhanced fitness and physical activity opportunities for K-12 students, with an emphasis on K-6, to ensure LFF has a childhood obesity prevention program in place.
The project is designed to be proactive in preventing the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and providing persistent and consistent knowledge and skills based on state standards.