Terence C. Reilly School No. 7 in Elizabeth, New Jersey was one of two schools in the nation to receive a Gold National Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program in 2012.
“Health and physical education make up one of the pillars of our program,” says Principal Jennifer Cedeno. As principal of the school since it opened in 2009, she had the opportunity to design the students’ schedule from scratch. She decided to include sports clinics and classes in exercise science and various dance styles, as well as standard physical education.
The Healthy Schools Program works with more than 15,000 schools across the nation, reaching more than 9 million students, as well as teachers and other school staff. As the largest effort of its kind, the program has the potential to inform similar efforts aimed at transforming schools into healthier places and preventing obesity among children and teens. The program is funded primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.