SC Schools Honored by 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 eleven SC schools for transforming their campuses into a healthier place for students and staff. These schools were 11 of 267 schools from around the country honored at the Healthy Schools Program Forum at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark.
SC schools receiving the Bronze National Recognition Award included:
- Colleton County School District – Black Street Early Childhood Center, Bells Elementary School, Hendersonville Elementary School and Colleton County High School;
- Florence School District One – Greenwood Elementary, Southside Middle School, West Florence High School;
- School District of Pickens County – A.R. Lewis Elementary, West End Elementary; and
- Richland School District One – Brockman Elementary, Greenview Elementary.
“We applaud the achievements of our 2013 honorees,” said Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Their successful efforts to get students and staff eating better and moving more prove that schools are great environments to promote both health and academics.”
To earn the National Recognition Award, these schools improved nutrition services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. The Healthy Schools Program provides professional development to schools such as onsite and virtual trainings with school health experts, access to a customer support center, science-based resources, and success stories–at no cost–to more than 18,000 schools nationwide to help them reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver, or Gold National Recognition Awards based on their level of achievement.
To further strengthen the Healthy Schools Program, the Alliance brokers and implements voluntary agreements with industry leaders to provide schools better access to healthier foods, beverages, and physical activity. As a result of these agreements, more than 30 million students across the country have access to healthier school meals – including at least 14 million students who currently participate in the free and reduced lunch program. Additionally, the Alliance’s landmark agreement with the American Beverage Association has contributed to a 90 percent reduction in calories from beverages shipped to schools between the 2004-2010 school years.
The Healthy Schools Program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To become a healthier place for students to learn and staff to work, any school in the United States can enroll and receive assistance and support at no cost. Find out more at HealthierGeneration.org.