Independence Blue Cross is donating $10,000 each to 10 schools in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties for a fitness initiative aimed at reducing childhood obesity and increasing student exercise.

The effort is being coordinated through the state, with the state Department of Health also providing each school with $5,000 through the federal Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

The schools are expected to use the money during this school year on activities the offer 30 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous exercise. The initiative also involves the Pennsylvani Education Department.

The Schools are:

Charles Boehm Middle School, Bucks County

Owen J. Roberts Middle School, Chester County

Scott Middle School, Chester County

Glenolden School, Delaware County

Cedarbrook Middle School, Montgomery County

Anna Lane Lingelbach School, Philadelphia County

Penrose Elementary School, Philadelphia County

Charles W. Henry School, Philadelphia County

John H. Taggart School, Philadelphia County

Baldi Middle School, Philadelphia County

   - Roslyn Rudolph