Department of Health awards $425K to encourage safe bike routes

Penn State Hershey Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion has been awarded $425,330 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This funding will fully support the center’s efforts to develop, coordinate and administer Safe Routes to School and Community-Based Capacity Building Mini-Grant Programs to increase physical activity in Pennsylvania through June 30, 2014.

The National Safe Routes to School program is an initiative established to encourage students to walk or bike to school. Programs have been implemented to make walking and biking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative while encouraging health, physical activity and safety. Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants, worth $3,000, are available to schools in Pennsylvania that include students in kindergarten to eighth-grade. 

Funding is also available for schools and community based organizations to partner to increase physical activity opportunities. Capacity Building Mini-Grants, worth $5,000, for increasing physical activity are available to schools and community-based organizations in Pennsylvania that include students in kindergarten to 12th-grade.

Applications are now being accepted online at and will be reviewed by an outside expert committee. Winners will be notified in writing 30 to 45 days after their application date.

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Last Updated February 06, 2013