Fifteen Spring Branch ISD elementary and middle schools were recognized this fall as “America’s Healthiest Schools” for 2019 by the national Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The SBISD winner list includes six first-time awardees.
The Alliance recognizes schools that meet or exceed a rigorous set of criteria that include 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.
The America’s Healthiest Schools’ announcement of the 2019 awardees highlighted 355 schools across 23 states who achieved the annual designation.
SBISD’s newest six Healthiest School awardees were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 18, 2019. They join nine other district schools who are repeat winners of this distinguished award.
According to the Alliance, all of the award-winning schools met these standards:
- Meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks
- Offer breakfast daily
- Incorporate physical activity before, during or after the school day
- Implement district wellness policies and update progress annually
- Involve parents and community members in decision-making
“We are thrilled to see another strong showing of dedicated schools that are taking steps to create healthier school environments that support children’s physical, social, and emotional health,” Kathy Higgins, chief executive officer at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, said.
Participation in the competition requires a Collaborative Spirit among several campus teams: Child Nutrition Services, the Coordinated School Health Advisory Council (CSHAC) chairman, Health Fitness instructors, school nurses, administrators and teachers… and of course, students!
Qualifying for the award involves developing an action plan to build an environment for kids that promotes good health. Once a campus plan has been put into motion, a rigorous application for the national award (takes over 30 hours to complete) is submitted along with documentation.
“These incredible teams have gone above and beyond to ensure health instruction, healthy habits, youth leadership and physical literacy through daily practice and develop a campus culture of wellness for all,” said Darlene Evans, director of SBISD Student Wellness.
The winning schools receive a large banner to display on campus, designating each site as one of America’s Healthiest Schools, a reminder to students, staff and visitors of the importance of maintaining healthy practices.
America’s Healthiest School Winners in SBISD
National Silver Award winner for the second year in a row: Wilchester Elementary
National Bronze Awards were also issued to 14 SBISD elementaries and one middle school.
- Repeat winners are Edgewood, Housman, Meadow Wood, Pine Shadows, Rummel Creek, Spring Shadows and Westwood Elementary Schools, and Landrum Middle School.
- First-time winners include the following elementary schools: Bunker Hill, Frostwood, Hollibrook, Memorial Drive, Cedar Brook and Treasure Forest.
To learn more about the National Alliance for a Healthier Generation, visit https://www.healthiergeneration.org/healthiestschools/
Submitted by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications