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January 12, 2016


Safe Routes to School Friends,


The “cool” of the cool kids list takes on a whole new meaning for Winter Walk Day!  A huge THANK YOU to Edison, Hale, Lake Harriet Lower, Lake Harriet Upper, Loring, Lyndale, Nellie Stone Johnson, Pillsbury, Roosevelt, Seward, and Southwest, for being the first schools to sign up for the second annual Winter Walk Day in MPSSign your school up NOW.  And three high schools on the first round of sign ups is a record! Good thing we are have put a special-something in the HS and MS prize packs this year—just for them.


Every school has students who walk every day—this event gives us a chance to honor these students while encouraging more to become regular walkers.  Anyone can organize this event for the school, and we’ll send you everything you need to make a successful event. (Including snow tubing passes as drawing prizes!) All the cool stuff is while supplies last, so sign up soon!


And how is this for winter cool? Pillsbury Pedal Power and MPS Safe Routes to School will lead a session, “Come Biking with Minneapolis Public Schools” at the International Cycling Congress, (a three-day professional development event uniting a diverse and international group of people with a shared vision of increasing bicycling and walking among people of all ages and abilities through the winter. February 2-4, 2016 will be the first time this event is held in the USA.)  Read more and be sure to scroll down to breakout session #5.


Great info and resources below. And this $1,500 grant is the real deal—just released and due soon! Hope some of you will consider applying. As always, contact MPS Safe Route to School anytime and let us know how we can support your walk/bike dreams.


$1,500  Mini-grant Opportunity | Minnesota Action for Healthy Kids | Due Jan 22

 In partnership with University of Minnesota Extension: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed), Minnesota Action for Healthy Kids (MN AFHK) will issue Physical Activity and Nutrition grants to high-need Minnesota schools – grants that will facilitate school wellness enhancements focusing on healthy eating and physical activity and ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice for MN students, families and schools. Eligible schools will be those in which at least 50% of students qualify to receive free/reduced lunch. Up to twenty, high-need, low income schools will be awarded $1500 to support both physical activity and nutrition initiatives that aid schools in creating and expanding a dedicated health team and becoming recognized as health-promoting. Funded schools will also receive expertise and people power from University of Minnesota Extension and MN AFHK to help implement a successful project that leads to sustainable change. Additional program supplies will be provided to the schools to support the integration of health and wellness into your cultures for the long term. (NOTE: Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program; and have a free/reduced priced meal eligibility greater than 50% to be eligible). View the paper application (on the last page of the paper application are directions for submitting the application. See also)

Friday January 22, 2016 –Applications Due

Friday January 29, 2016 –Awarded schools notified

For technical assistance, grant questions or ideas, please contact Ann Kisch. Paper applications can be sent to Ann for feedback if desired. This is a tight timeline, please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. Ann Kisch , Minnesota State Coordinator, Action for Healthy Kids. Office:763-425-2955, Cell:763-244-6331, akisch@actionforhealthykids.org


MPS Winter Walk Day  | Wednesday, February 3, 2015  | Sign Up Now 

Did you know that walking or biking to school prepares students to learn more during the school day? Let’s heat up our MINDS on WINTER WALK DAY! We will join our Canadian neighbors on February 3, 2016, Winter Walk Day. We will celebrate Minnesota winter and honor winter walkers--regular, occasional or even first timers. Anyone can lead this event for the school—staff, student or parent—and MPS SRTS will send you a prize package that will help make your event successful.  More information.


Awesome resources  | ReThink Your Drink, Every Sip Counts! | Minneapolis Health Department Healthy Living Team

Sugary drinks are major contributors to poor diet and rising obesity rates. Today, Americans are consuming about 300 more calories a day and almost half of these extra calories come from sugary drinks. Consumption in children and adolescents has been increasing as well, with sugary drinks being the largest source of added sugars in the diet of our youth. To raise awareness about the link between frequent sugary drink consumption and negative health effects, and promote healthier options, the Minneapolis Health Department has launched a new campaign – ReThink Your Drink, Every Sip Counts! Learn more here. Print or order super cool posters in English, Spanish or Hmong  here.


Other cool stuff in the news | Recess four times a day! | Winter bicycle commuting tips from a city leader

·         Want kids to listen more, fidget less? Try more recess... this school did: (read)

·         Which Minneapolis City Council member recently sold their car and now and decided to keep bicycling during the coldest months of the year? (find out)



MPS Safe Routes to School Email List

MPS Safe Routes to School (MPS SRTS) is part of Safe & Healthy Students and is located in Operational & Security Services (OSS). It is funded through grants from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to School and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.


MPS SRTS sends occasional emails like this one to walk/bike friends, enthusiasts, and champions across Minneapolis Public Schools with bike/walk/wellness information, opportunities, and events. Please email Jennifer.bordon@mpls.k12.mn.us to be added to or removed from this list. Please share as you see fit.