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Nixa Public School system receives grant aimed at improving the health of 5th grade students

By Sean Barnhill, Digital Media Editor, sbarnhill@schurz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:49:26 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 11 2013 10:05:37 PM CST
NIXA, Mo -

The Nixa School District has received part of a $41,916 grant aimed at improving the health of 5th grade students.

The grant was written to cover the cost of the Cardiac Kids Program, which will provide cholesterol and diabetes screenings along with biometric measurements, for the remaining school year. The grant will also cover the cost of family fun nights, which promote good health for participating students and their parents.

The remaining portion of the grant will be spent on community involvement in other ways such as the North Side Betterment Association Attendance Party and the Ozark Empire Fair.

A statement from Nixa Public Schools' Zac Rantz, states how the process will work:

· Cox will send in nursing students to do height/weight/BP/non-invasive diabetes pre-screening.  

· Assembly takes place a few days after the pre-screening. 

· Cholesterol check takes place two days after assembly for those 5th graders who bring in signed consent form.  Phlebotomists from Cox to do blood draw.

· Fun night 2-3 weeks after screening with RNs from Cox on hand to review results with parents.