This week, El Paso ISD’s Rivera Elementary was named one of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for Healthier Generation in recognition of the campus’ commitment to student well-being.
Not only was Rivera one of only 461 schools in all of the United States that were selected to the list, the elementary is the only El Paso County school to be named to the list.
“Serving the children of our community goes beyond providing quality teaching and learning in the classroom,” Principal Cindy Contreras said. “Rivera has made health a priority for every student because we know that a successful student is one that thrives academically and in life through healthful choices.”
The honor was based on a rigorous set of criteria that includes the availability of nutritious foods and access to quality and innovative physical-education opportunities.
Rivera was recognized for the following criteria:
- Meeting or exceeding federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks.
- Offering daily breakfast.
- Implementing district wellness policies and updating progress annually; and
- Providing students with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week to ensure physical activity throughout the school day.
“The Healthy Schools Program has served over 42,000 schools. Each one recognizes the academic, social and behavioral benefits of prioritizing student health,” said Brian Weaver, Chief Programming Officer at the Alliance for Healthier Generation. “We are proud to recognize the exceptional efforts of Rivera Elementary School for serving as a best-in-class example of what it means to create healthier environments for both students and staff.”
Rivera is one of more than 40,000 schools in the United States that participates in the Healthy Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. The no-cost service provides training, resources and technical assistance to schools that wish to have a positive impact on their students’ health.