physical education program, healthy living

Somerville PEP Grant

The Goals of the Carol M. White  Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant are to:   

  • Foster healthy eating habits and increase physical activity for all Somerville students, with a particular focus on Kindergarten through grade 8.
  • Work with community partners to improve overall health and fitness across Somerville.

physical education program, healthy living

"The PEP grant is working to 'Create a Culture of Healthy Lifestyles' by expanding opportunities for physical activity, nutrition education and healthy eating among our students." - Caitlin Kelly, PEP Grant Project Director

Healthy Living in Somerville Map (click here to download and print)

Somerville PEP Initiatives & Activities

Increasing Physical Activity for Kids

SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) A researched physical education program implemented in all K-8 schools as well as in school based afterschool programs and 3 community based afterschool programs.

BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) A before school physical activity program at all K-8 schools throughout the district.

Playworks A recess program designed to "create a space for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills" at 5 of our K-8 schools.

Community Adventure Programming Parkour classes; rock climbing programs at Metro Rock; hiking, rock climbing, kayaking with Waypoint Adventures; and Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunity Programs are all offered in collaboration with Community Schools afterschool program, the Somerville Recreation Department, Mystic Learning Center, and Somerville Boys and Girls Club.

95210 Is the Way to Go! Healthy Message Campaign

The 95210 campaign is a district wide initiative to support healthy living among our students and their families through the promotion of five healthy behaviors:

95210 Graphic

For tips and resources on 95210, check out:

95210 Tips (English)

95210 Tips (Español)

95210 Tips (Português)

Supporting Healthy Eating Habits

National Nutrition Month Celebration Taste tests and healthy eating demos offered during the months of March and April in collaboration with the Somerville Food and Nutrition Services Department and the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program as well as our PEP Grant's community partners. Read more about Somerville's National Nutrition Month Celebration events in the Somerville Farm to School blog.

School Garden Activities Seeding and sowing projects through Somerville Farm to School.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Community-wide physical activity & healthy eating family workshops, offered in collaboration with the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative and Community Schools.

Chop Chop Cooking Club Afterschool cooking clubs offered at the Somerville Community Schools afterschool programs throughout the district.

Cooking Matters A six week family cooking program offered in collaboration with the Mystic Learning Center.

The PEP Grant's Community Partners

Mystic Learning Center    
Boys and Girls Club
Somerville YMCA  

About the PEP Grant 

The U.S. Department of Education's Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, is a federally funded grant program designed to award money to local education agencies and community-based organizations to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for students in grades K through 12. Somerville was awarded nearly $1.4 million in grant funds over three years. Learn more about the Carol M. White Physical Education Program here.

PEP in the News!

The research is clear: kids learn best when they stay active and eat nutritious food.

Active Living Research: Active Education Brief  

What the PEP Data tells us

PEP data collected in the 2015-2016 school year shows real improvement in the physical education and wellness of Somerville students. Click here for a summary of the effects of PEP progamming.

Please take a look at these extra resources for more information about supporting healthy lifestyles.

Where to get active in Somerville: 

Healthy eating and nutrition in Somerville: