Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)


Pinellas County Schools PEP Grant

Ashley Grimes
(727) 588-6000 ext. 1323 

Teacher on Special Assignment
Angela Carapella
(727) 588-6000 ext. 1326  

Pinellas County Schools has been awarded the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve the healthy living of the district’s middle school and high school students.  The district will work with multiple partners to help students understand the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables and maintaining a healthy fitness level. The PEP program is aligned with and supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Active Schools” initiative to get kids moving before, during and after school. 

The Being Fit Matters (BFM) project will serve over 24,000 students in 24 schools.  The outcomes of the project are to improve students’ health-related fitness and nutritional habits, increase student and family participation in community physical activities and healthy nutrition, and expand partnerships with community-based organizations that will facilitate and sustain healthy lifestyle choices for all students and their families.  Prior to the start of the project, it was determined that approximately 44.2% of students self-reported consuming 2 or less servings of fruit and vegetables each day, 39% are at-risk/overweight, and only 33.7% met the healthy fitness zone (HFZ) in at least 5 out of 6 of the Fitnessgram Assessments.  

Project Goals:

Goal One: Increase physical activity

·         Objective 1.1: The percentage of students who engage in 60 minutes of physical activity daily as measured by pedometers will increase by 5%.

·         Objective 1.2: The percentage of students who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity as measured by 3DPAR will increase by 5%.

Goal Two: Increase health-related physical fitness

·         Objective 2.1: The percentage of students who meet the standard of the healthy fitness zone as established by the assessment for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) in at least five of the six assessment areas will increase by 5%.

Goal Three: Increase students’ consumption of fruits and vegetables

·         Objective 3.1: The percentage of students who consume fruit two or more times per day and vegetables three or more times per day as measured by the Pinellas County Schools modified YRBS will increase by 5%.

Project Outcomes will be measured using the following:

·         Seven Day Pedometer Log

·         Three Day Physical Activity Recall (3DPAR)

·         Being Fit Matters

·         Modified YRBS (Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Survey)


·    All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

·    Alliance for a Healthier Generation

·    MORE Health, Inc.

·    Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Services

·    Salter-Mitchell, Inc.

·    City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation

·    YMCA of St. Petersburg

·    YMCA of the Suncoast

·    R’Club

·    Coordinated Child Care

·    Tampa Bay Rowdies

·    Tampa Bay Rays

PEP Annual Report