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HCS Schools Recognized by Washington, D.C.

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02-October-2015 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - How healthy are Hoover City Schools’ lunchrooms? So healthy that they’ve caught the attention of national figures including health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels, retired NBA player Jason Collins and Chelsea Clinton, Vice-Chair of the Clinton Foundation. 

These celebrities and more helped celebrate healthy schools across America, including Hoover City Schools, at the 2015 Leaders Summit of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in Washington, D.C. Three-hundred and seventy-six schools were recognized this year through the Alliance’s “Healthy Schools Program”; 11 of them are in Alabama; 8 of those eleven in Hoover City Schools.

“We are a healthy school district and this is evident by this recognition,” Hoover City Schools Child Nutrition Program Director Mrs. Melinda Bonner, said.

Bluff Park Elementary, Deer Valley Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Greystone Elementary, Harriette Gwin Elementary, Ira F. Simmons Middle School, South Shades Crest Elementary School and Trace Crossings Elementary School were all recognized for meeting healthy habits. Degrees of recognition range from Bronze to Gold, each signifying a different degree of healthy habits. Bluff Park was the only school in Alabama to earn the “Gold” designation this year. Beyond that, Bluff Park was only one of ten schools nationally to have achieved Gold, a voluntary benchmark marking a school’s healthy environment, according to HCS CNP leaders.  Gold measures everything from vending machine offerings to any type of snack brought in the school for special events.

“Hoover was just recognized left and right in Washington, D.C. - to some degree,” Assistant CNP Director Mrs. Tricia Neura, said. “We had a great time helping our schools achieve this distinction and all of the hard work continues to pay off.”

Hoover City Schools' Greek Flatbread PizzaNeura joined seven other HCS educators at the 2015 Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The all-expenses-paid trip was a star-studded experience, with keynote addresses by Michaels, Clinton, Collins and more. Beyond eight of the 11 Alabama schools recognized being Hoover City Schools, there was yet another accolade for the district. Three school lunch programs had recipes chosen as national showcases; Hoover City Schools’ Greek Flatbread Pizza, crafted by Tricia Neura, was one of the three.

“I think it was a great accolade to show off that we truly serve, good, tasty healthy food,” Neura said.

Awards, honors, accolades come and go. Bonner, Neura and the entire HCS Child Nutrition Program want the main takeaway to be this: campuses across Hoover City Schools are healthy environments.

“From our physical education activities to innovative programs like Breakfast in the Classroom to the countless healthy items and entrees we serve in lunchrooms each school day, our school system is on the cutting edge nationally and parents should be very proud!” Bonner said.

See the Framework of Best Practices of the Healthy Schools Program here and more on the 2015 Leaders Summit here.

Jason Gaston/HCS

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