Join America’s Healthiest Schools
Did you know that one out of three children and adolescents in the United States is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems? A Healthier Generation is something we should all be in alliance for.
Every day, 95% of school-aged kids and teens attend school. Aside from home, it’s the place where kids spend most of their time. That is why The Alliance for a Healthier Generation started the Healthy Schools Program. A healthy school is vital to preparing students for success. Healthy students learn better: Studies show that they perform better on tests, get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class.
Every school in America needs to recognize the potential impact it can have on children’s lives and success. The Healthy Schools Program has already reached more than 20 million students through its work with more than 35,000 schools to create healthier environments. BUT! it is not enough, every school needs to incorporate this no-cost program!
The Healthy Schools Program is a six-step process that guides schools to create and sustain healthy environments. The programs framework is supported by robust, no-cost services that help schools make sustainable healthy changes through:
Technical Support: Schools have access to national experts, online resources, a member engagement and support team, on-demand and virtual trainings and information on available grants.
Customizable and Sustainable Action Plans: The Healthy Schools Program offers online assessment and action plan tools that provide a customized roadmap to address a school’s individual needs.
Policy Change: The Healthy Schools Program works with schools and school districts to change school policies for the long term.
Need more reasons to get your school involved? Here are a few:
- More than 80% of schools actively engaged with the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program have made measurable progress towards creating a healthier school environment.
- More than 75%dedicated at least 20% of their afterschool program time to physical activity.
- More than 85% of the elementary schools offered at least 20 minutes of recess per day.
How to Get Involved:
Any school can join the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program at no cost by visiting Schools.HealthierGeneration.org