Perry Co. recognized for healthy school initiatives

Posted by: John Shryock - bio | email

MARION, AL (WSFA) - Several Perry County schools are being recognized by a national organization that's goal is to reduce childhood obesity. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation chose 179 schools across the United States to honor with its Healthy School Program National Recognition Award.

The organization says each school, "has reached an important benchmark in improving the learning and working environments of students and making significant changes in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and staff wellness..."

Alabama had a total of nine schools on the list. Four were from Perry County.

2009-10 National Recognition Award Recipients

Albert Turner Sr. Elementary

Francis Marion High

Robert C. Hatch High

Uniontown Elementary

Each of the schools won recognition for its efforts during the "Scale Back Alabama" program during the school year. The schools devised different ways to reach students.

For example, Robert C. Hatch High's staff and teachers formed four-person teams and competed for cash prizes, with the school nurse gauging their progress. Banners posted throughout the school building encouraged the teams and built campus-wide interest in their progress. Many participants continued their healthy behaviors even after the 10-week program had ended.

Alabama's other five recognized schools were in the Birmingham area. CLICK HERE for a full list. One school, Bumpus Middle School in Hoover, dumped its deep-fat fryer machines and sports drinks and brought in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and water!

Only one school in the nation was named a "Gold" recipient, however. That award went to Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey.

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