WCPSS Schools Win AHA Healthy School Awards

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) announced 2014 Brains and Bodies Award and Wellness Star winners – individual Wake County schools going above and beyond, to support healthy behaviors at school for students and staff.

5D3_2730Underwood Elementary won the AHA Brains and Bodies Award for overall wellness at the Gold level designation for the fourth year in a row.

Brier Creek Elementary, Davis Drive Elementary, Highcroft Elementary, Hunter Elementary and Joyner Elementary earned awards at the Silver level.

Bronze award winners include Brentwood Elementary, Lead Mine Elementary, Martin Middle School and Oak Grove Elementary.

Three schools earned both the Brains and Bodies Award and the Wellness Star. In all, 10 schools earned the Brains and Bodies Award and six earned the Wellness Star. The AHA Brains and Bodies Award is the only school award for school health in Wake County.

Wellness Star winners are Davis Drive Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Laurel Park Elementary, Martin Middle School, Olive Chapel Elementary and Wake Forest Elementary. The Wellness Star award is new this year, and recognizes efforts to support walking and biking to school.

All award winners earned a banner to display at their school. AHA created the Brains and Bodies Award program four years ago to celebrate and recognize schools making an effort to incorporate wellness into the culture of the school day. The application process is also intended to be educational, providing schools with information and a wide array of resources and best practices to model.

“More than 43 percent of kids aged 5 to 11 in Wake County are overweight or obese,” AHA director Sara Merz said. “Our Brains and Bodies Award winners are making a real difference in their schools by changing the way they do their work, creating opportunities for students to be active, and implementing the WCPSS Wellness Policy and focusing on employee and student wellness.”

Wake County School Board Chair Christine Kushner joined AHA director Sara Merz to present the awards. More photos are available here.

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