BlueCross Offers Middle Schools New PE Curriculum

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tennessee middle schools looking to improve their physical education programs can get a new PE curriculum, training for their teachers and equipment for their students through the Shape the State program of the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation.

Now in its fifth year, the program has awarded 80 Shape the State grants, valued at $10,000 each to Tennessee schools serving middle grades students. Twenty more schools will be selected this year. Applications will be accepted on the Shape the State web site http://shapethestate.com/  March 16 through April 17. Winning schools will be announced May 17.

“Tennessee educators are eager for ways to improve their students’ health status and we are pleased to offer them this opportunity,” said Calvin Anderson, BlueCross senior vice president and executive director of the foundation. “It has been gratifying to see the first 80 Shape the State schools take their students health to a higher level.”

In addition to supplying the acclaimed SPARK physical education curriculum, teacher training and equipment, schools earning the grants get an additional $1,000 to spend at their discretion on their health, nutrition and wellness programs.


Free Weekly Senior Taiji Class Begins July 7

Families First Participants To Receive A One-Time Additional Payment

Blood Assurance Announces Baseball Ticket Promotion For Donors


A free weekly Senior Taiji (tai chi) class will begin on Thursday, July 7 at 4 p.m. at the Everlan Senior Living Community, 2760 Northpoint Blvd. in Hixson. This class series will focus ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Department of Human Services is providing extra support to thousands of families who receive monthly cash assistance through the state’s Families First program. Households with ... (click for more)

Blood Assurance is seeking dozens of all-stars to save local lives. From July 1-8, the nonprofit organization is rewarding each donor two complimentary tickets to an upcoming Chattanooga ... (click for more)



Living Well

Free Weekly Senior Taiji Class Begins July 7

A free weekly Senior Taiji (tai chi) class will begin on Thursday, July 7 at 4 p.m. at the Everlan Senior Living Community, 2760 Northpoint Blvd. in Hixson. This class series will focus on strengthening balance and agility, while helping relax and release tensions in the body and mind. Lead by Chris Campbell, a master teacher with 35 years of experience, this course will ... (click for more)

Families First Participants To Receive A One-Time Additional Payment

The Tennessee Department of Human Services is providing extra support to thousands of families who receive monthly cash assistance through the state’s Families First program. Households with an active, ongoing case in the Families First Program as of May 31 will receive a one-time payment of $450 on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. This one-time payment will be available ... (click for more)

Breaking News

2 Juveniles Hurt When They Are Slung Into Anchored Pontoon Boat At Fort Loudon Lake

Two juveniles were injured in a July 4 boating accident that occurred in the Holder Branch area of Fort Loudon Lake near the Cove at Concord Park. At around 1:20 p.m., Frank Talo, 49, of Knoxville, was operating a personal watercraft that was towing an inner tube with two juveniles onboard who were slung into the side of an anchored pontoon boat. One of the injured ... (click for more)

Tennessee's Online Unemployment System Finally Operational

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has completed the testing phase of Jobs4TN.gov and determined the system is operational and ready to resume service. The state’s vendor, Geographic Solutions, Inc. (GSI), completed the restoration of the state’s unemployment and workforce development computer system on Sunday, July 3. GSI experienced what it ... (click for more)

Opinion

Is The Guy With The Gun A Good Guy Or A Bad Guy?

So we have experienced another mass killing. Recently - on the very day a few gun safety measures were made into law - the Supreme Court in its infinite wisdom said it is okay to open carry your guns. My question is this - if I see a person carry a gun into my grocery store should I worry? How will I know if he is a good guy with a gun or a bad guy with a gun? I guess the ... (click for more)

Academic Achievement Tied To Funding?

Now that's funny. Memphis schools spent $11,250 per student, which is third in the state. Yet they are ranked #103 in the state academic rankings. Metro Nashville spends $11,012 per student which is fourth in the state, yet they are ranked #80 . When I studied statistical analysis at UT 55 years ago that was known as an inverse correlation. Who do the educated populace vote ... (click for more)