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Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles Through Education
A program sponsored by Trustmark Companies

How might an extra $1,000 have an "Impact" on the health of your students

Through the Impact Educator Grant Program, classroom programs in Lake County, Illinois, can receive up to $1,000 for promoting healthy lifestyles through innovative educational programs.

As a health insurance carrier, benefits administrator, and health and fitness management company, Trustmark supports health education programs such as Impact. We created Impact because we know how important it is to reach kids at an early age and instill healthy lifestyle habits. What better place to learn than at school?

Lake County, Illinois, teachers and principals are invited to apply for a 2016 Impact Educator Grant. Application deadline is October 23, 2015. Grants will be awarded in December 2015.

The Impact program is available to all Lake County, Illinois, public and not-for-profit school educators -- kindergarten through high school. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Trustmark has a long history of supporting the local communities it serves.

For more information about the Impact program, download the Impact brochure (PDF).

How teachers have made an Impact in their schools

Eating Healthy on the Cheap
“This program was designed to develop healthy eating habits for teenagers living on a tight budget who are looking for ways to reduce food expenses while still enjoying tasty, nutritious meals. Students prepared healthy entrees from scratch, discussed the preparation skills and reason why these dishes are both healthy and cheaper on the budget. They also experimented with healthy dessert options such as broiled fruit. This program helped students make correct choices in what they eat now so they build a healthy relationship with food in the long run.”

Bill Luedtke, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
Zion-Benton Township High School
Zion, Illinois

Enrich Me After-School Program
"This pilot program for students Kindergarten through 6th grade taught nutrition, fitness and social, intellectual and environmental wellness. Student activities included planting, growing and serving salad greens, making healthy snacks and creating their own recipe book to use at home, and taking part in indoor and outdoor fitness games and sports, such as team parachute play. We're expecting the program to create a greater understanding of wellness and the long-term effects of making healthy choices.”

Jodie Hoffman, After School Supervisor
Prairie Crossing Charter School
Grayslake, Illinois

Spaulding School Running Club
“The club began last year in an effort to increase student academic achievement, cardiovascular fitness and to improve student behavior. Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students voluntarily participate in the running club during morning recess time. This year, they ran nearly 8,000 times, earned nearly 3,000 tokens and received 119 t-shirts. The program is a continuing success with 90 to 95 percent participation.”

Len Wojciechowicz, Physical Education Teacher
Spaulding Elementary School
Gurnee, Illinois

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