North Carolina Parent Teacher Association Receives Thousands

North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) has received a $65,130.00 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation to support parent advocacy for school heath and develop a manual for parent engagement for school health issues.

One third of North Carolina adolescents are overweight or obese, impacting both health and academic outcomes. NCPTA will pilot a parent advocacy program in Anson County, NC to mobilize parents to advocate for policy and environment change in the areas of physical activity and nutrition. The ultimate goal of this program is to increase the number of students that consume the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables and are physically active at least 60 minutes daily.

"While childhood obesity must be addressed in all community settings, schools have a unique opportunity to access most children in a community, and parent advocates can make a huge impact on a school administrations' adoption of policy and environmental change strategies," said Debra Horton, NCPTA Executive Director.

“We applaud the efforts of NCPTA and value this opportunity to continue to align our foundation with organizations, programs and people committed to improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians,” said Kathy Higgins, president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The NCPTA is the largest statewide volunteer organization working exclusively for children and youth. The organization serves as an advocacy group for children, working to influence policy makers on issues affecting education, health and welfare of youth. NCPTA has 200,000 members across the state representing child advocates, school staff, and parents from all levels of economics, race and ethnicity.

Statewide, the BCBSNC Foundation invested more than $726,000 in grants to 32 organizations as part of this most recent grant cycle. The BCBSNC Foundation focuses on three key areas: improving the health outcomes of vulnerable populations served by safety-net organizations, promoting healthy and physically active communities, and increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in the state. More information can be found at

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  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Dec 3, 2009 at 09:11 PM
    Well, something needs to be done in order to curve the obesity trend in America. Obesity can lead to various illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, etc. Education in America needs to put a greater emphasis on personal health and more recess/gym time needs to be incorporated into the curriculum. These students will one day be workers; and if they are not healthy, they certainly cannot be productive. As a future physician, I believe that Blue Cross and Blue Shield chose to support an excellent initiative. They know that comprehensive health care reform will soon take place, and they want to help decrease the number of people with preexisting conditions.
  • by Teacher Location: Greenville on Dec 3, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    Thank you anonymus. Between all the paperwork and extra stuff we have to do, it is very hard to get to all the academics. However, we already get in trouble if the students do not get 30 min of activity a day and the free play of recess doesn't count. We have to make sure the kids are being "active". How will we teach if the requirement moves to 60 min?
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Dec 3, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    Will the manual be written in Spanish?
  • by Ronnie Location: Murfreesboro on Dec 3, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    Now I know why my insurance cost so much. Thanks Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • by Anonymus on Dec 3, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    So let me get this straight...parents make their kids fat and now they get free money to get other parents together to make the schools do something about it ....what?!?!?!? Why are the schools becoming fully responsible for children's weight? Kids are at school to learn. Why can't they exercise at home? 60 minutes of exercise a day at school would total 180 hours (over 10,000 minutes!) of academic time lost. Which part of the curriculum does this group suggest the teachers skip?
  • by Ann Location: NC on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    What a waste of money. Not many parents support the PTA, And how come my insurance premiums are paying for "waste"? THis is the kind of waste that calss for insurance reform!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    That is great for those receiving, but where did NCBCBS get that much money. Surly they did not take it from insurance premiums.
  • by private eyes Location: greenville on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    Is this another reason to go up on our monthly rates for coverage that is already too high!!!!!!

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