The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations that plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students manages the PEP grants and supports efforts to c…
U.S. Department of Education  Awards Nearly $32 Million  to Local Education Agencies and  Community-Based Organizations  for Nutrition and Physical Education September 30, 2013
Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

Today, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 60 grants totaling nearly $32 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) under the Carol M. White Physical Edu…
Advocating for quality health and physical education programs for every child in America just got a whole lot easier!  The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), partnering with Soft Edge, is thrilled to offer new and enhanced advocacy tools to members and anyone committed to children’s health.

Take a look at AAHPERD’s new advocacy webpage - AAHPERD Take Action - view key issues AAHPERD is monitori…
Congratulations to the following 2012-2013 PEP Grant Winners!
Information from a Department of Education Press Release 7-31-2012

State Applicant Name Amount
AK Yukon-Koyukuk School District $401,525
AR Hoxie School District #46 $291,387
AZ Pima Prevention Partnership $225,527
AZ Santa Cruz Regional School District $740,073
AZ Sunnyside Unified School District -- Student Services $631,464
CA Alvord Unified School District -- Special Projects $664,…
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in the U.S. Department of Education announces the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant application (CFDA 84.215F).

Program Description: The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to LEAs and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiat…
This is a press release from the NASPE office regarding the 2011 proposed PEP Grant changes.

Obama Administration Proposes Changes to PEP Program for FY 2011

RESTON, VA, February, 2010 – In an effort to streamline the Department of Education (USDE)'s programs and increase effectiveness, the President's FY 2011 budget contains major changes to the PEP grant program. According to the USDE Website, the President's budget proposes to elimi…
Did I get enough exercise today? How many calories did I burn? Am I getting good quality sleep? How many steps and miles did I walk today? If these questions seem interesting and you want answers check out a new product called Fitbit Tracker.

View calories, steps and distance on the Fitbit Tracker itself. You can login to the Fitbit website to see even more detailed data and also participate in collaborative fitness goals with friends, family and…

As a result of $26.5 million in awards from the U.S. Department of Education, more children will have access to physical education programs and instruction on healthy eating and good nutrition. The Carol M. White Physical Education Program grants will provide 73 public schools and community-based organizations in 25 states with funds to initiate, expand and improve physical education programs for students in grades K-12.

Are you writing a PEP Grant? Check out our writing resources that are available for download and listed below. Also consider attending one of the Peaceful Playgrounds PEP Grant Writing Webinars.

1. Physical Education for Progress Grant - PEP Grant Info

2. PEP Narrative for Peaceful Playgrounds Program -

3. Peaceful Playgrounds Program Flyer pepflyer2009.pdf

4. PEP Narrative for including Peaceful Playgrounds, Fundamental Movement and We Cou…
The first transcripts for the PEP Technical Assistance call on February 22, 2008 has been posted on the Carol White PEP Website.

For a brief overview of the program, Panel Chair - Debbie Kalnasy, opened saying the intent of the PEP program is to provide grants to local educational agencies and community-based organizations, to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade and to help …
If you are considering submitting a PEP grant don't forget to include the School Health Index data for Physical Education and Nutrition Services at very least.

The School Health Index is a free assessment tool that can be downloaded from the Center for Disease Control DASH website. The SHI Index is mentioned in the PEP Application question 2a & 3a. Those questions with a combined point value of 30 points specifically state "If the ap…
Don't miss the second PEP Grant technical assistance call in opportunity today.

Don't miss the final two technical assistance phone conferences for people interested in applying for 2008 PEP Grants.

Below is the call-in information for the PEP Technical Assistance calls:

Call Date - 2/28/08
Panel Chair - Debbie Kalnasy
Time - 2:30 pm ET
Duration: 1 ½ hours
Toll-Free Number - (866) 209-6102
Conference ID # - 36180127
"You don't need to re…
Estimated Available Funds: $33,850,000 for 2008

Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, the Department may make additional awards later in FY 2008 and in FY 2009 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.

Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$500,000.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.

Estimated Number of Awards: 112.

Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

All appl…
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) has announced that $75.655 million in PEP (Physical Education Program) grants will be awarded this calendar year (2008). This represents a $3 million increase from the amount distributed in 2007.

Peaceful Playgrounds, , and WE Count Pedometer Walking Programs have been supported across the nation through submission of the PEP Grant Application. Additionally, Peaceful Playgrounds has a PEP Gran…
Amy Heuer; Bismarck, The Jamestown Sun

Two recent studies published by the New England Journal of Medicine on childhood obesity provide greater evidence that children are in dire need of quality physical education programs in schools. Overweight children have an increased risk for heart disease in adulthood as early as age 25, and are prone to premature heart attacks and strokes. Bottom line, our children are in trouble, and particularly here in …