With the purpose of developing physical education programs for all children in the Kansas City metropolitan area, PE4Life is expanding its services to help even more students and families.

With the purpose of developing physical education programs for all children in the Kansas City metropolitan area, PE4Life is expanding its services to help even more students and families.


PE4Life began in 2007 as a project of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Menorah Legacy Foundation and Bank of America. One hundred schools were a part of the first phase of the program. They were mostly centered in the urban portion of Kansas City and affected schools with at least 80 percent of its population on free and reduce lunch.


The goal of the program is to make exercise and physical education fun for all students. Students learn lessons about the importance of physical activity and lifetime fitness in the quest for a more healthy lifestyle. Assessment tools are also used to track a student’s progress toward reaching fitness goals. Nutrition education is worked into PE4Life through a school-based program developed by the Healthy Schools Partnership.


PE4Life is now ready to launch the second phase of the program, which is designed to educate and inspire teams based at each school to develop quality physical activity programs. PE4Life’s Kansas City Metro Project will give services and grants to another 40 schools in the next three years. These grants can be used to purchase additional athletic equipment.


“It is our hope that our work will help today’s children and you become physically educated for life,” Brent Akright, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We want them to adapt wellness habits that they will carry into adulthood, enabling them to be healthier and more productive members of our community.”


Applications can be submitted this fall by schools at pe4life,org. The winning schools will receive a two-day PE4Life Implementation Workshop, coaching support, professional development and up to $10,000 to purchased equipment.


For more information or to apply for the grant program, visit the website at pe4life.org.