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Kern Health Systems helps fund school wellness programs throughout Kern County

Posted at 5:30 PM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 20:30:25-04

The Kern Health Systems helped fund school wellness programs throughout Kern County. A check presentation for the amount of $35,000 was awarded to Fremont Elementary on Friday, October 26 by CEO of Kern Health Systems, Doug Hayward.

They announced on Thursday, October 18 that $194,500 was awarded to  six public schools in Kern County to implement a school-based wellness program for the 2017-2018 school year.

The school's that were awarded the grant money represent the North and South Kern Communities, the Kern River Valley Community and the City of Bakersfield.

They include:

  • A.M. Thomas Middle School (Lost Hills)
  • Buttonwillow School
  • East Bakersfield High School
  • Fremont Elementary School (Delano) 
  • Lamont Elementary School
  • Woodrow Wallace Middle School (Lake Isabella)

The goal of the grant is to promote physical activity, healthy eating and overall wellness among the student population.

The activities that will be established include: school gardens, classroom meditation, color runs, healthy cooking lessons, lunch-time walking clubs, family nights, group sports and much more.