Health department offers grants to Pierce County schools

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will award up to $5,000 per year to individual schools and up to $10,000 per year for school districts for initiatives that can increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent tobacco use among students.

All Pierce County schools and districts are eligible to apply. Multiple schools from the same school district may apply, but each school must submit a separate application. Applications are available at . The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. April 10.

According to the 2012 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, 27 percent of Pierce County 12th-graders were overweight or obese. The same survey indicated that 15 to 17 percent of 12th-graders had used candy-flavored tobacco products, cigarettes or hookah pipes. And preliminary results from the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey show an alarming increase in adolescent use of electronic cigarettes, according to the health department.

For more information about the grant program, contact Linda Graves, health promotion coordinator, at or 253-798-3817.