If area schools create programs that encourage healthy behavior patterns in students, especially those at a young age, Essentia Health will fund the program. They are offering up to $2,500 in funding, according to a news release.

Essentia Health is accepting program proposals from schools in Becker County, among several others:

  • Ashland
  • Bayfield
  • Becker
  • Big Stone
  • Carlton
  • Cass
  • Cook
  • Douglas
  • Itasca
  • Koochiching
  • Lake
  • Norman
  • Pine
  • Polk
  • St. Louis
  • Washburn

Proposed programs can fall in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, mental health and substance abuse. Applications for proposed programs are due by Friday, Feb. 28.

For more information, email communitycontributions@essentiahealth.org.