The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently honored 250 schools for their work toward creating healthier environments for their students, presenting them each with a National Healthy Schools Award.
All of the 250 schools recognized, which represent 30 states, have taken advantage of the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program. The Healthy Schools Program works to provide schools with resources to implement, enhance and sustain healthy school environments through nutrition and physical education.
Additionally, all winning schools met certain standards: all met or exceeded the nutrition standards for breakfast and lunch, offer breakfast each day, met the beverage requirements from the Smart Snacks in School guidelines, have implemented wellness policies and provide their students with at least an hour of physical education each week.
“With the support of the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, the schools we’re honoring today are promoting healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices that are essential to building a national Culture of Health,” said Dr. John Lumpkin, Senior Vice President for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a primary funder of the Healthy Schools Program. “Their leadership and commitment are making a critical difference in helping to reverse the nation’s epidemic of childhood obesity, and giving kids the right start in leading long, healthy lives.”
These awardees consist of only a small part of the group of about 7,000 schools utilizing the Healthy Schools Program. Of all the schools involved, an outstanding 97 percent are meeting the USDA’s guidelines, while 72 percent are meeting the Smart Snacks drink standards.
In addition to the National Healthy Schools Awards, the Alliance also awarded Healthier Generation Hero Awards to leaders who have greatly influenced the efforts to curb childhood obesity.
The Wilson Park Unity of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia took home the Healthy Out-of-School Time Hero Award for their work in replacing unhealthy snacks with healthier ones and including more physical activities at their events.
For more information on the winners and the awards themselves, you can read the full press release from the Alliance here. You can also join in the conversation on Twitter at #HealthierGenSummit.
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