Illinois Elementary School Earns National Award for Fighting Childhood Obesity

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently honored Northeast Elementary Magnet School of Danville, Ill., with a Gold National Recognition Award for creating a healthy school environment for students and staff. Northeast Elementary is the first elementary school in the country to receive the Gold National Recognition Award from the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program and only the second school to earn Gold recognition in the history of the program. The school’s key achievements include increasing time for physical education by 50 percent each week for all grades; improving the quality of school meals so they exceed the U.S. Department of Agriculture standard for reimbursable school meals; and offering fresh fruits and vegetables to students every day.

The Healthy Schools Program launched in 2006 with a few hundred participating schools and now provides free assistance to more than 9,000 schools nationwide. The Healthy Schools Program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has committed $28 million to the program.