Northside was among 328 schools that were recognized earlier this month as the healthiest schools in America by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, working to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.
These schools meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.
“Healthy schools are better schools -- it’s that simple,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Research tells us students who attend healthy schools perform better academically, have better attendance and their behavior improves.”
At Northside, Principal Roz Craney and his staff are dedicated to creating the best possible learning environment for all students because “active kids do better.” Craney and the Northside teachers are excellent role models in promoting a culture of a healthy living.
Healthy choices are encouraged in the lunchroom, recess and even in the classrooms through the optional use of desk pedals and active seating to improve focus in the classroom, running activities at recess and a well-loved Farm-to-School program.
Award-winning schools such as Northside are serving as best-in-class examples of a nationwide movement to create healthier environments for children.
All recognized schools:
- Meet or exceed updated federal nutrition standards for school meals, which include increased fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich items and meals lower in saturated fat.
- Offer school breakfast to their students every day.
- Meet or exceed snack and beverage requirements for the federal Smart Snacks in School standards.
- Implement District wellness policies and report progress annually.
- Provide students with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week and ensure activity throughout the school day.
Every school recognized is enrolled in the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, which has reached more than 20 million students by working with nearly 35,000 schools. Schools are eligible for National Healthy Schools Awards at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level based on the standards they achieve.
All award winners have met stringent guidelines for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering physical and health education, and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models. All National Healthy Schools Award winners also received National Awards from Let’s Move! Active Schools. Let’s Move! Active Schools follows the same Framework as the Alliance's Healthy Schools Program, with a focus on physical education and activity.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits, by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health.