A new policy could change health and wellness inside Little Rock schools in a big way.
Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore, MD was honored in 2018 as one of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Find out why!
One step inside Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore, MD is all it takes to recognize the school’s commitment to health and wellness. Motivating affirmations adorn the walls. Treadmills, spin bikes, and air assault bikes fill the fitness room. Teachers like Mike Morgan, one of the school’s four physical education teachers, focus on offering non-traditional programming that maximizes fun and learning. At Afya, which means “health” in Swahili, students benefit from at least 60 minutes of physical education per week—combined with other opportunities to move before, during, and after school.
Bolstered by a strong district wellness policy, Afya was honored in 2018 as one of “America’s Healthiest Schools” by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In order to achieve this distinction, Afya met a rigorous set of wellness criteria including:
For Afya’s 350 adolescent students, 85% of whom come from economically disadvantaged households, the strong emphasis on health is fueling their physical, emotional, and academic success.
Just ask Brikaya, a confident eighth-grade student who dreams of becoming a scientist. An avid cross-country runner and basketball player, Brikaya radiates health, and she inspires those around her to follow suit. At Afya, Brikaya isn’t just learning math and biology but also how to move her body and fuel her mind.
Watch Brikaya’s story to learn more about Afya’s unique approach to wellness:
To learn how your school can become one of America’s Healthiest Schools, visit HealthierGeneration.org.
A new policy could change health and wellness inside Little Rock schools in a big way.
Tisch Food Center’s newest report, "Cooking Outside the Box," shows that the largest school district in the country can turn back the clock and serve fresh, appealing, scratch cooked meals to students! Read on to learn more!
Last week, Healthier Generation announced the 2019 list of America’s Healthiest Schools. Read on to learn more!
As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative, researchers from Health Equity Works at the Washington University in St. Louis created the Healthy Schools Toolkit to support school and district leaders in educating students by tending to their physical and emotional needs as well.
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Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
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Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
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Public Health Agencies
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