On Monday, June 13, President Bill Clinton announced that the Alliance for a Healthier Generation received a $23.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to further expand and extend its Healthy Schools Program through 2014. Since 2006, RWJF has awarded more than $51 million to transform schools into healthier places, making the Healthy Schools Program the largest single investment of the Foundation’s $500 million commitment to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, will recognize 275 schools across the country for transforming their campuses into healthier places where students and staff have access to physical activity and healthier foods before, during and after school. President Bill Clinton and Dwayne Proctor, director of RWJF’s childhood obesity team, will honor the schools at the annual awards forum.
The 275 schools honored at the Healthy Schools Forum hail from more than 30 states. More than half of the schools earning recognition today serve predominantly African-American or Hispanic students, and more than 60 percent are located in lower-income communities. Each school has distinguished itself with healthy eating and physical activity programs and policies that meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program.
Launched in 2006 with 231 schools in 13 states, the Healthy Schools Program now supports more than 12,000 schools across the country to help transform them into healthier places where physical activity and healthier foods are available before, during and after school.