It’s a clean sweep! All 46 Richland One schools have been named to the 2020 national list of America’s Healthiest Schools for promoting quality nutrition, regular physical activity and strong wellness policies.
Five Richland One schools – A.C. Flora High, Brockman Elementary, Crayton Middle, Dreher High and Lower Richland High – won Silver Awards and 41 district schools were Bronze Award winners. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation announced the National Healthy School award winners on August 25.
“We are so proud of this 100% school achievement,” said Lisa Curtis, Richland One’s health and physical education coordinator. “Richland One is the second school district in South Carolina and the largest in the state to ever achieve 100%. This is an excellent example of what can be accomplished with a strong District Wellness Policy and collaboration between school wellness teams and Richland One’s Nutrition Services department.Richland One was one of the first school districts in South Carolina to have schools receive the National Healthy Schools Award. Schools in our district have been recipients of this award every year since 2011, with many having received this award multiple times.”
For nearly 15 years, Healthier Generation’s annual recognition program has honored schools implementing best practices that support children’s learning and development, including meeting or exceeding federal standards for nutritious school meals and providing regular opportunities for students and staff to be active throughout the school day. It remains one of the country’s longest-running, nationwide recognition programs honoring schools for achievements in nutrition, physical activity and wellness policies.
“We commend this cohort of school leaders for prioritizing the essential health needs of students and staff in a time of great challenge and with limited resources at their disposal,” said Kathy Higgins, chief executive officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Over time, these awardees established strong foundations in health, allowing them to pivot and adapt to meet acute health and wellness needs in a year unlike any other.”
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation strives to empower children to develop lifelong healthy habits to create a healthy future. To learn more about the organization, go to HealthierGeneration.org.