The Healthiest Schools in America
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation released their list of America's healthiest schools today. A total of 323 schools were recognized, spread across 30 states and the District of Columbia. Each winning facility was gifted the National Healthy Schools Award, which is earned by meeting a strict set of criteria and participating in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program—a nationwide program based on preventing childhood obesity in schools.
For schools to qualify for the award, they have to focus on serving healthier meals and snacks, promoting physical activity within students, offering top-notch physical and health education, and encouraging school leaders to become role models for healthy lifestyles. Other stipulations include meeting federal nutrition standards, offering daily breakfasts, and implementing district-wide wellness programs.
There are three levels for the National Healthy Schools Awards, Bronze, Silver or Gold. Only 10 schools received the honor of achieving Gold-level awards this year:
- Robert C. Hatch High School, Uniontown, AL
- Wells Middle School, Riverside, CA
- Marjorie Rawlings Elementary School, Pinellas Park, FL
- Glenwood School, Glendale Heights, IL
- Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, New York, NY
- Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, Memphis, TN
- Colonial Hills Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
- Marcell Elementary School, Mission, TX
- William B. Travis Elementary School, Corpus Christi, TX
- Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, McAllen, TX
For the complete list of America's Healthiest Schools, visit healthiestschools.org.
This fall, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and its partners will participate in a national campaign to celebrate the winners of America's Healthiest Schools, while also encouraging other schools to participate in the non-profit's Healthy Schools Program.