Former Denver Bronco Larry Brunson joined the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation in May to present three $1,000 grants to Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 schools. The grant money will go toward the purchase of physical education equipment.
Montezuma-Cortez High School, Kemper Elementary, and Manaugh Elementary will use the grant money to encourage students to participate in sports programs and increase their physical fitness levels.
“Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, it is vital that children and teens have the opportunity to get up and move throughout the day,” Lisa Fenton-Free, Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation director, said. “District RE-1 does more than educate our kids; they support the whole child and provide a basis to support a healthy, active lifestyle. We are proud to help them in these efforts.”
Larry Brunson, former Denver Broncos wide receiver and Montezuma-Cortez High School graduate, helped to present the checks to the schools and discussed the importance of how school athletics helped him achieve his dreams and how this donation can help today’s students.
When asked what the biggest message the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation can give someone, Brunson replied, “Pay attention to what you put into your body. Don’t take it lightly. Exercise. Had I not
Been physically fit, I probably wouldn’t have accomplished what I’ve accomplished, as far as getting to the highest level of football.”
The Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation helps improve the health of people living throughout Colorado, including people outside the RMHP’s membership. The Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for innovative health care approaches that improve the health of Coloradans. The Foundation and community organizations collaborate to promote healthier school environment. Incentives and guidelines encourage schools provide healthy cafeteria foods, snacks, rewards, activity levels and class parties.