Jacob G. Smith Honored For Efforts to Combat Childhood Obesity

On Tuesday, June 15, Jacob G. Smith Elementary School will be recognized for increasing healthy eating and physical activity. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, will award the school its top honor, the Bronze Award at the National Healthy Schools Forum in New York City.

The school is one of 11 Georgia Schools to be acknowledged for transforming their school into a healthier place for students and staff.

To earn this award, the schools created healthy eating and physical activity programs that met or exceeded stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, which provides free support and technical assistance to more than 9,000 schools nationwide to help them reverse the national trend in childhood obesity.

Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum National Recognition Awards based on their level of achievement. The 11 Georgia School (5 Silver and 6 Bronze) National Recognition Award winners, joins 178 other schools that are receiving this honor for their healthy achievements.

“Schools across the country are working hard to provide healthier environments for students while facing the challenges of decreased budgets and time,” said Ginny Ehrlich, executive director of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “The successes of these schools confirm that, despite these issues, it is possible to transform a school culture when staff, students and parents lead the charge in making healthy changes.”

In addition to the Healthy Schools Program, the Alliance brokers and implements voluntary agreements with industry leaders to provide young people better access to healthier foods, beverages, physical activity and healthcare.

Earlier this year, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation became a founding member of the Partnership for a Healthier America, the independent, nonpartisan organization created to support the goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign.

The Healthy Schools Program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Any school in the U.S. can enroll and receive free assistance and support to become a healthier place for students to learn and staff to work. Find out more at HealthierGeneration.org.

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