The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and its Healthy Schools Program were recently featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and on NBC’s Today Show. The network examined the program’s work to help schools provide students and staff with healthy foods and beverages, and opportunities for physical activity.
The segments highlighted the efforts of Public School 2 in West New York, N.J., which has been recognized by the Alliance for its accomplishments. Over the last few years, the school has added an indoor fitness trail—featured in the NBC news segments. It also has made changes to its cafeteria to provide students with healthier meals and snacks. Teachers, administrators, the school nurse and a parent representative make up the school wellness council, which spearheads the school’s efforts. A student wellness committee also contributes ideas.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has supported the Alliance’s Healthy Schools program since it began in 2006 with just 231 schools in 13 states. The program now reaches more than 13,000 schools, and last year the Foundation announced a $23.2 million grant to help expand its reach to 30,000 schools, more than a quarter of all elementary and secondary schools in the country.