- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka have been selected to receive more than $272,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to provide an integrated physical activity and nutrition program.

The agency on Tuesday announced the award, one of 67 grants made nationwide to distribute $33 million to local education agencies.

Agencies receiving the grants are required to use the funds to initiate, expand or enhance physical education and nutrition education programs. The activities include after-school programs for children in kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The goal is to teach children to have an appreciation for proper fitness and nutrition, as well as to meet state standards for physical education.

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