Four EPISD schools honored for efforts against childhood obesity

Four El Paso Independent School District schools were honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for improving their efforts to instill an active lifestyle and better eating habits among students.

Green Elementary School earned a Silver Award in the Alliance’s National Healthy Schools Program. Mesita and Zavala elementary schools, as well as Transmountain Early College High School, earned Bronze Awards.

To earn the awards, the schools improved their nutrition and wellness services and their physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards designed by the National Healthy Schools Program.

The program provides schools with guidance, professional development, access to national experts and evidence-based resources and tools to help them create and sustain healthy school environments. Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver or Gold National Healthy Schools Awards based on their level of achievement.

“We applaud the achievements of our 2015 honorees in EPISD and hope that schools across the country follow their example,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “These schools demonstrate a commitment to the health of their students, which is particularly important because research shows students’ health has an impact on their academic and lifelong success.”

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation was founded to serve as a catalyst for improving children’s health as a result of the rapid increase in childhood obesity rates in the United States over the past three decades. The alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments where children may thrive.

Author: EPISD