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Hall County Schools Receive National Recognition


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Seven Hall County Schools have received the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Bronze award for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation was founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. This award was granted by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, an effort to combat childhood obesity through the implementation of healthy changes within the school environment. 

Jeremy Boleman (McEver Elementary), Phil Brooks (White Sulphur), Susan Abernathy (Riverbend Elementary), Berry Walton (Friendship Elementary), Steve McDaniel (Spout Springs Elementary), Kayren Oesterle (Chicopee Woods Elementary), Pam Burel (Chestnut Mountain Elementary), and Andrea Williamson-English (Chestnut Mountain Elementary and National Wellness Champion) attended the annual Healthy Schools Program Forum in Little Rock, Arkansas to accept the award on behalf of the schools.  Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and HealthMPowers Christie Kay also took part in the celebration.  19 schools from Georgia and 251 nationally were recognized. (A BIG THANK YOU to our Georgia Program Manager Adrienne Gil for all her assistance).

The award demonstrates their school’s commitment to preventing childhood obesity and to fostering the health of their students and staff.  Every day in the United States, 53 million people go to a school to work or to learn, making America’s schools one of the most important environments in the struggle to reduce childhood obesity. Schools are powerful places to not only teach young people the academic skills they need to succeed, but also healthy life skills. Healthy students learn better, are better able to concentrate on their work, attend school on a regular basis and perform better in class. Because of this, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation launched its Healthy Schools Program in February of 2006 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Program promotes a comprehensive approach by helping schools improve access to healthier foods, increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day, enhance nutrition education and establish staff wellness programs.
The Healthy Schools Program recognizes schools that succeed in meeting a set of research-based standards that address these areas at the Bronze, Silver and Gold level. To learn more about the Healthy Schools Program and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, visit www.HealthierGeneration.org. Any school – public, private or charter – can sign up to receive the support of the Healthy Schools Program at no cost.
Posted: November 05, 2012 by Jacob Weiers


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