ELIZABETH – On Tuesday, June 15, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, recognized Toussaint L’Ouverture-Marquis de Lafayette School No. 6, Terence C. Reilly School No. 7, Abraham Lincoln School No. 14, Charles J. Hudson School No. 25, Dr. Albert Einstein Academy School No. 29, Ronald Reagan Academy School No. 30, Victor Mravlag School No. 21 and William F. Halloran School No. 22 located at Monsignor João S. Antão School No. 31 for transforming into healthier places for students and staff.
To earn this award, each school created healthy eating and physical activity programs that met or exceeded stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, which provides free support and technical assistance to more than 9,000 schools nationwide to help them reverse the national trend in childhood obesity. Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum National Recognition Awards based on their level of achievement. As Bronze National Recognition Award winners, these schools joined 178 other schools which received this honor for their healthy achievements.
“Schools across the country are working hard to provide healthier environments for students while facing the challenges of decreased budgets and time,” said Ginny Ehrlich, executive director of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “The successes of these schools confirm that, despite these issues, it is possible to transform a school culture when staff, students and parents lead the charge in making healthy changes.”
Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz commended the schools’ achievement. “I applaud our team members’ for their commitment to our students’ personal well-being. Their efforts play an integral role in the districts goals of providing every student with the best services and opportunities possible.”
In addition to the Healthy Schools Program, the Alliance brokers and implements voluntary agreements with industry leaders to provide young people better access to healthier foods, beverages, physical activity and healthcare. In March 2010, the Alliance announced the results of a three-year effort with the beverage industry to remove full calorie soft drinks from U.S. schools and replace them with lower-calorie, smaller-portion beverages. That initiative helped to reduce calories from beverages shipped to schools by 88 percent from 2004 to fall 2009.
Earlier this year, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation became a Founding Member of the Partnership for a Healthier America, the independent, nonpartisan organization created to support the goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign.
The Healthy Schools Program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Any school in the U.S. can enroll and receive free assistance and support to become a healthier place for students to learn and staff to work. Find out more at HealthierGeneration.org.
Elizabeth Public Schools were recently honored for making efforts to combat childhood obesity.
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