BCBSND Caring Foundation partners with North Dakota Department of Public Instruction for school grant program

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August 6, 2018

BCBSND Caring Foundation partners with North Dakota Department of Public Instruction for school grant program

Funds used to encourage healthy lifestyles at an early age

FARGO, N.D., Aug. 6, 2018 -- The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation is proud to partner with the North Dakota Department of Instruction (NDDPI) to provide access to BCBSND Caring Foundation grant funding. BCBSND Caring Foundation is offering a CaringforKids grant program to qualified organizations that help to better meet the health care needs of North Dakotans. CaringForKids grants support initiatives aimed at preventing childhood obesity and encouraging healthy lifestyles at an early age.
 
BCBSND Caring Foundation believes health and well-being are essential building blocks to personal fulfillment, thriving communities and a strong state. The BCBSND Caring Foundation is interested in partnering with schools that wish to offer programming which teaches students about eating healthy, keeping fit and forming positive relationships which add up to a healthy lifestyle.
 
Kirsten Baesler, the North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction said, “These grant programs are a great way to promote healthy living habits and the benefits of exercise among our young North Dakotans and the communities in which they live. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Foundation is to be commended for offering these grant opportunities.”
 
Tim Huckle, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and chairman of the BCBSND Caring Foundation states, “The Caring Foundation is pleased to be partnering with North Dakota schools to help improve the health and fitness of our kids.  Our kids spend so much of their time in schools, making it a perfect place to help shape healthy habits through fun and engaging activities." 
 
The funding for grants is limited. As such, priority will be given to K-6 grade and also to grants that incorporate proven, evidenced based programming which demonstrates how funding will positively impact kids where they live, learn and play.
 
The grant application can be found on the BCBSND Caring Foundation website at: https://www.bcbsnd.com/caring-foundation/impact-areas/grant-programs/caringforkids
 
About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation
Established in 1989, the BCBSND Caring Foundation (www.BCBSND.com/Caring-Foundation) is a private 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Through giving and investing, the Caring Foundation focuses on key health issues that help improve the health and well-being of North Dakotans and their communities. Caring Foundation staff work with grantees to support nonprofit sustainability, collaborate on shared outcomes and create lasting change.
 
About North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction partners with schools and communities to provide a statewide system of excellent service and support to ensure a healthy school environment that fosters student success. Their vision is that all students will graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills and disposition to be successful in whatever they choose to do, whether they pursue a post-secondary degree, enroll in a technical college, enter the workforce or join the military.
 
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Contact:
Andrea Dinneen
Public Relations & Internal Communications Director, Public Affairs
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA, BISMARCK
701-282-1847 (work) | 320-894-4423 (mobile)
andrea.dinneen@bcbsnd.com| www.BCBSND.com