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Meet Healthy Schools Program Winners


Imagine an elementary school where celebrity chefs demonstrate healthy recipes to students, teachers lead a minute of exercise in the classroom every day and youngsters take part in other physical activities throughout the week.

Or, imagine a campus where sports clinics, dance classes and lessons in exercise science have been incorporated into the curriculum, contributing to students’ impressive academic achievements.

That’s just the daily routine at Cleminson Elementary School in El Monte, Calif., and Terence C. Reilly School No. 7 in Elizabeth, N.J., this year’s recipients of Gold Awards from the Healthy Schools Program of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Former President Bill Clinton recognized the two top schools and 249 others last week at a special ceremony in Little Rock, Ark. Clinton also shared findings showing that the Healthy Schools Program can help schools create healthier campus environments.

The program works with more than 15,000 schools across the country to improve school nutrition and increase physical activity. Research shows that, among schools participating in the program, 56 percent have improved the nutritional value of school meals, 44 percent have improved physical education programs and 58 percent have launched an employee wellness program, so adults could serve as good role models for kids.

Click here to find out more about the Healthy Schools Program.