Where are the healthiest schools in the state?
South Carolina schools set a record with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, with 20 schools winning awards for having healthy school environments. According to the Alliance, SC is one of the top five states in the nation with the healthiest schools in 2016. More than 300 schools are being recognized as the healthiest schools in America at the Alliance’s Leaders Summit in Washington, DC later this month.
While all 20 schools worked hard to achieve America’s Healthiest Schools status, a few schools achieved notable accomplishments.
- Brockman Elementary School (Richland County School District One) is SC’s first National Healthy Schools Gold Award winner.
- Chastain Elementary School (Pickens County School District) is the second SC school to receive the Silver Award.
- Anderson County School District Four continues to be the only district in SC in which 100% of its schools have received a National Healthy Schools Award.
These schools meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.
“Healthy schools are better schools—it’s that simple,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Research tells us students who attend healthy schools perform better academically, have better attendance and their behavior improves.”
Award-winning schools are serving as best-in-class examples of a nationwide movement to create healthier environments for kids. All recognized schools:
- Meet or exceed updated federal nutrition standards for school meals, which include increased fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich items and meals lower in saturated fat
- Offer school breakfast to their students every day
- Meet or exceed snack and beverage requirements for the federal Smart Snacks in School standards
- Implement district wellness policies and report progress annually
- Provide students with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week and ensure activity throughout the school day
Every school recognized is enrolled in the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program—one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives, which has reached more than 20 million students by working with nearly 35,000 schools. Schools are eligible for National Healthy Schools Awards at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level, based on the standards they achieve.
America’s Healthiest Schools campaign partners include the founders of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.
To view the complete list of America’s Healthiest Schools visit www.healthiergeneration.org.