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15 SC Schools Honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for fighting childhood obesity

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, recognized 15 South Carolina schools with a 2015 National Healthy Schools Bronze Award for transforming their environments into a healthier place. The schools received this award at the Alliance’s 2015 Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on October 3.

To earn the National Healthy Schools Award these schools improved nutrition and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. These nationally recognized schools include:

  • Mt. Lebanon Elementary from Anderson School District 4;
  • Harbor View Elementary from Charleston County School District;
  • Kensington Elementary from Georgetown County School District;
  • Chastain Road Elementary from the School District of Pickens County;
  • AC Flora High School, Alcorn Middle, Brockman Elementary, Crayton Middle, Forest Heights Elementary, Lower Richland High School and South Kilbourne Elementary from Richland School District 1;
  • Bridge Creek Elementary from Richland School District 2;
  • Oakland Elementary from Spartanburg District 2;
  • Lone Oak Elementary from Spartanburg 6; and
  • Jesse Boyd Elementary in Spartanburg District 7.

Anderson School District 4 is the first district in South Carolina to have all schools receive a National Healthy Schools Award.

Ten years ago the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association partnered to address one of the most important issues facing the United States, childhood obesity, which can lead to grave health consequences. The result of that partnership, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is celebrating 10 years of creating healthier environments for more than 20 million children across the country.

“It’s an honor to recognize a record-number of schools who are at the forefront of the fight against childhood obesity,” said Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation. “The seed that was planted a decade ago when the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association joined together has grown into a thriving program that is truly building a healthier generation.”

The Healthy Schools Program provides schools guidance, professional development, access to national experts and evidence-based resources and tools to help them create and sustain healthy school environments. Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver or Gold National Healthy Schools Awards based on their level of achievement. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program is the nation’s largest school-based obesity prevention initiative, reaching more than 17 million students by working with more than 30,000 schools across the nation to increase quality physical activity, health education and healthy eating.

“Research tells us that healthy students learn better– performing better on tests, getting better grades, attending school more often and behaving better in class,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier for a Healthier Generation. “The award-winning schools should be applauded for making the health of their students and the future a priority.”