Five Longview School District schools are the first middle- and elementary schools in Washington state to receive awards for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff.
Columbia Heights Elementary, CVG Elementary, Mt. Solo Middle School, Robert Gray Elementary and St. Helens Elementary earned Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 National Healthy Schools Bronze Awards.
The award demonstrates the schools commitment to preventing childhood obesity and to fostering the health of students and staff. Specifically, schools have provided healthier food selections in vending machines and the student store (where present); provided opportunities for students to be physically active before, during, and after school; promoted health and wellness to staff through physical activity events and healthy potlucks; as well as installing water bottle filling stations to increase access to drinking water.
This award was granted by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, an evidence-based national initiative to combat childhood obesity through the implementation of healthy changes within the school environment. The Alliance recognizes schools that succeed in meeting a set of evidence-based standards that address these areas at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold level.
Studies show that healthy students perform better on tests, get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class. With this in mind, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation launched its Healthy Schools Program in 2006 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program promotes a comprehensive approach by helping schools improve access to healthier foods; increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day; enhance nutrition education; and establish staff wellness programs to build a healthier school environment.