The Fifth Annual Healthy Schools Program Forum recognized 179 schools from across the country that have transformed their campuses into healthier places for students and staff. The total—nearly as many honorees as in all previous years combined—included Memorial High School in West New York, N.J., the first and only school to earn a Gold National Recognition Award.
The Healthy Schools Program is a national initiative of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. President Bill Clinton, American Heart Association Chairman Neil Meltzer and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., presented awards during the event in New York City.
Many of the 179 schools have diverse student populations, and more than two-thirds are located in lower-income communities. All have distinguished themselves with healthy eating and physical activity policies and programs that meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, which aims to help reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity by 2015.
The cities of Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala.; Boston; Lincoln, Neb.; Los Angeles; Miami; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and San Antonio each boast multiple award-winning schools this year.