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10-17-2013 (HCS) -  The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, recognized three Hoover City Schools for transforming campuses into healthy places for students and staff.  As a recipient of the National Recognition Award, Bluff Park Elementary School and Brock's Gap Intermediate received the Silver National Recognition Award, and Greystone Elementary Received the Bronze National Recognition Award.

To earn the National Recognition Award the schools improved nutrition services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. The Healthy Schools Program provides professional development to schools such as onsite and virtual trainings with school health experts, access to a customer support center, science-based resources and success stories-at no cost-to more than 18,000 schools nationwide to help them reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver or Gold National Recognition Awards based on their level of achievement.  

Hoover City Schools has created regulations, procedures and guidelines helping schools adopt best practices.  These three schools have been champions in implementing these changes in their schools. They have implemented a variety of initiatives including excellent employee wellness programs, running clubs for students, daily physical activity breaks for students and nutrition education in the cafeteria.  They also participate in Scale Back Alabama, sponsor only healthy fundraisers and participate in runs to raise money for charities.

“We applaud the achievements of our 2013 honorees,” said Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Their successful efforts to get students and staff eating better and moving more prove that schools are great environments to promote both health and academics.”

To further strengthen the Healthy Schools Program, the Alliance brokers and implements voluntary agreements with industry leaders to provide schools better access to healthier foods, beverages and physical activity. As a result of these agreements, more than 30 million students across the country have access to healthier school meals – including at least 14 million students who currently participate in the free and reduced lunch program. Additionally, the Alliance’s landmark agreement with the American Beverage Association has contributed to a 90 percent reduction in calories from beverages shipped to schools between the 2004-2010 school years.

The Healthy Schools Program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To become a healthier place for students to learn and staff to work, any school in the United States can enroll and receive assistance and support, at no cost. Find out more at HealthierGeneration.org.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, works to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations,
healthcare professionals and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier children. To learn more and join the movement, visit

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org 

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