Eight schools in five Nebraska communities are being recognized for their efforts to combat obesity. Jinny Ehrlich, executive director of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, says the eight Nebraska schools are among nearly 180 nationwide that are changing their campuses into places of learning -and- fitness.
Ehrlich says, “They have made tremendous effort to transform their environment into healthier places where kids have access to physical activity and healthy eating before, during and after school.” She says studies find one in three American kids are already obese or overweight.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, set up the Healthy Schools Program in 2006 to help schools address one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity.
Ehrlich says the Nebraska schools are doing a variety of things to contribute to the effort. “They’ve eliminated candy and soda as rewards for kids and are giving them other incentives for being good at the elementary school level,” she says. “They’ve changed out what they’re offering in their school meals programs to offer more fruits and vegetables. They’ve improved their health and physical education programs.”
The Nebraska schools being honored are: Beatrice Middle School – Beatrice; Clay Center Elementary School – Clay Center; Clay Center High School – Clay Center; Fredstrom Elementary School – Lincoln; Sandy Creek Elementary School – Fairfield; Sandy Creek Jr. and Sr. High School – Fairfield; Plattsmouth Elementary School – Plattsmouth; and Plattsmouth High School – Plattsmouth.
Learn more at: www.healthiergeneration.org