Creating a Healthy School Environment

Schools are powerful places where a child's health, well-being and education are shaped.

Through schools’ continued investment in creating a healthy school environment, they will provide an atmosphere which students can practice what they learn about making healthy decisions, advance the work of staff to practice and model healthy behavior, and offer schools an opportunity to network with parents and communities to share best practices.

Our Involvement

The Foundation has a long history of supporting schools with a strong focus on encouraging adoption of best practices. The overarching goal is to work in partnership with schools and communities to determine what needs to change in schools to bring about system wide improvement in children's health. Between 2006 and 2011, through the Foundation's Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge, approximately $13 million dollars were awarded to schools throughout communities served by Highmark. Through these grants, hundreds of school-based programs to address nutrition and physical activity were developed and implemented. Since that time, Highmark Foundation has continued to provide substantial technical assistance and grant funding to schools and school districts to promote lasting and positive changes in school environments.


Goals and Strategies

Goals and Strategies

Highmark Foundation is committed to providing support and resources to empower schools to create a healthy school environment.

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Goals and Strategies

School Grants Program

Highmark Foundation grants will be awarded to schools or districts that focus on strategies that improve children's health behaviors by involving children, families, school and communities to develop successful interventions.

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Statistics

Professional Development

The Foundation's professional development strategy helps educators to meet their goals for lifelong learning and adoption of best practices.

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School Resrouces

School Resources

Incentives and formal recognition to foster interest and impetus among schools to increase and deepen their efforts and also to highlight and acknowledge schools for making lasting, systemic change

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Grants

See a complete list of grants in the community from the Highmark Foundation

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A publicity toolkit containing resource guides and templates that can be tailored to meet your publicity needs is now available to help maximize your school's efforts in creating a healthier environment for students.

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Creating a Healthy School Environment grantees

See a list of 2016-2017 Healthy School Environment grantees.

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