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April 18, 2012
Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356

Audra Losey, Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids, 402-444-1779,

Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids to Hold 6th Annual Summit to Promote School Wellness
Lincoln - On April 19th hundreds of school wellness advocates will gather in Lincoln at the Center for People in Need for the 6th annual Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids Summit.  This year’s theme is “Leading At All Levels: What’s Your Role?”  The Summit provides an opportunity for students, parents, educators, administrators, health and nutrition professionals and community leaders to network and share strategies to improve the health of school age children through better nutrition and increased physical activity within the school environment.

“Improving the health of Nebraska’s kids needs to be a priority in our state right now, and I applaud Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids for finding fun and creative ways to accomplish that,” said Sally Ganem, Nebraska’s First Lady, who will welcome participants to the Summit.
Dayle Hayes, award-winning author, educator, and nutrition coach, and Aaron Beighle, from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Prevention at the University of Kentucky, will deliver the keynote presentations.  Dr. Joann Schaefer, Nebraska’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the Department of Health and Human Services, will also address the group.  An additional highlight of the Summit will be the annual Awards Luncheon, when Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids will recognize Nebraska schools who have demonstrated leadership in wellness with Action Awards.
Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids, affiliated with national Action for Healthy Kids, is a nonprofit organization addressing the epidemic of overweight, sedentary and undernourished youth by improving nutrition and increasing physical activity in schools.  The coalition includes representatives from more than 30 organizations and government agencies representing education, health, fitness and nutrition throughout the state of Nebraska.  For more information on Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids or the Summit, visit:
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Note:   2012 Action Award Winners are listed on next page.
2012 Action Award Winners
Gold Level Winners
Carl A. Swanson Elementary, Omaha
Eastridge Elementary, Lincoln
Bronze Level Winners
Banner County Elementary, Harrisburg
Blair High, Blair
Chase County Elementary, Imperial
Dawes Middle, Lincoln
Emerson Elementary, Kearney
Gibbon Elementary, Gibbon
Norris High, Firth
Pleasanton Elementary, Pleasanton
R. J. Barr Middle, Grand Island
Sandy Creek Elementary, Fairfield
Thayer Central Intermediate, Hebron
York Elementary, York
Silver Level Winners
Bellwood Attendance Center, David City
Bryan Elementary, Lexington
David City Elementary, David City
Ezra Millard Elementary, Omaha
Glenwood Elementary, Kearney
Goodrich Middle, Lincoln
Hartington Public, Hartington
Kenwood Elementary, Kearney
Loup City Elementary, Loup City
Loup City High, Loup City
Messiah Lutheran, Lincoln
Northeast Elementary, Kearney
Plattsmouth Elementary, Plattsmouth
Plattsmouth High, Plattsmouth
Prescott Elementary, Lincoln
Sandy Creek Elementary, Clay Center
Wauneta Attendance Center, Wauneta
Windy Hills Elementary, Kearney
Honorable Mention
Bryan Middle, Omaha
Crofton High, Crofton
Lawrence/Nelson Secondary, Nelson
Medicine Valley Jr/Sr High, Curtis
St. Bernard, Omaha
Western Learning Center, O’Neill
York High, York
York Middle, York
Action Awards are given in 4 distinctions: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention. The level of the award is based on total application scores. The application is comprehensive and gathers information on school and community wellness activities; nutrition services and nutrition education; physical education and activity; and community involvement. The on-line application included a comprehensive survey, program description, and a copy of the school wellness policy.