Every child deserves to go to a healthy school. We couldn’t be prouder to recognize these schools for leading the way
New York, NY (PRWEB)
August 08, 2017
Three hundred twenty-three schools were recognized today as America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization that empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.
America’s Healthiest Schools are all recipients of Healthier Generation’s prestigious National Healthy Schools Award, exemplifying a growing national movement to create healthier schools for kids. This year’s winners hail from 30 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly half of all recognized schools are in Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona.
“Every child deserves to go to a healthy school. We couldn’t be prouder to recognize these schools for leading the way,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “The administrators, food service staff, physical educators, classroom teachers and parents in these communities have all worked incredibly hard to prioritize student health and set kids on a path of lifelong success, both in and out of the classroom.”
Schools earned the distinction by successfully meeting a rigorous set of criteria for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education, and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models. Each recognized school participates in Healthier Generation’s landmark Healthy Schools Program—one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives—which has worked with more than 35,000 schools serving over 20 million students since 2006.
All recognized schools:
- Meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks
- Offer breakfast daily
- Implement district wellness policies and update progress annually
- Provide students with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week and ensure physical activity throughout the school day
Schools are eligible for National Healthy Schools Awards at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level, based on the standards they achieve. Ten schools received the highest award, the Gold-level award, in 2017:
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