Agenda Item #14
PA3 Berkshire Elementary and South Olive Elementary-Alliance for a Healthier Generation Award Winners
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has recognized Berkshire Elementary School and South Olive Elementary School with the Bronze National Recognition Award for transforming their campuses into healthy places for students and staff. The two schools join Hagen Road Elementary School that received the award in 2010 and Banyan Creek Elementary and Crosspointe Elementary that received the award in 2011.
To earn this award, these schools worked hard to make significant changes in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and staff wellness by meeting or exceeding stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, to help them reverse the national trend in childhood obesity. Representatives from Berkshire Elementary and South Olive Elementary participated in an award ceremony in Little Rock, Arkansas at the William J Clinton Presidential Center.
The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. The American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation joined forces in May of 2005 to create a healthier generation by addressing one of the nation's leading public health threats - childhood obesity. The Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child's health: homes, schools, restaurants, doctor's offices and communities.