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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2010
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047
Nebraska Schools Honored at School Wellness Summit
Lincoln – Forty-one Nebraska schools received awards recently at the Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids Summit for their efforts to improve wellness. Health and education leaders gathered in Lincoln to recognize work that schools are doing to help students be healthier.
“These are remarkable efforts by teachers, school administrators, nurses, students and families to address the problems of poor nutrition and inactivity by making changes in the school environment,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Nebraska’s Chief Medical Officer. “Students in these 41 schools are being empowered for academic and lifelong success by having school settings that support healthy behaviors.”
A healthy school setting integrates healthy eating and physical activity throughout the school and includes quality physical education, nutrition education, physical activity opportunities, nutrition standards for food sold and served in school, community outreach programs, active school wellness councils and more.
Dr. Jackie Miller, Chief Administrator for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, presented the awards with Pat Timm of the State Board of Education, while First Lady Sally Ganem commended the attendees for their dedication and work.
Melissa Fahrenbruch, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Mark Fenton delivered the keynote presentations. Ms. Fahrenbruch is an expert in comprehensive school health, and Mr. Fenton is a nationally respected lecturer and advocate for wellness initiatives.
Nebraska 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. Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids Action Awards are given in four distinctions: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention. They are based on school and community wellness activities; nutrition services and nutrition education; physical education and physical activity; and community involvement.
For more information, visit: http://www.neactionforhealthykids.org .
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Note: Award winners are listed below.
Ashland Greenwood Middle School
Basset Rock County Public Schools
Beatrice Beatrice Middle School
Crete Crete Middle School
Firth Norris Elementary
Harrisburg Banner County Elementary
Kearney Windy Hills Elementary
Lincoln Eastridge Elementary
Lincoln Goodrich Middle
Lincoln Morley Elementary
Loup City Loup City Elementary
Loup City Loup City High
Macy UMO N HO N Nation
Omaha Western Hills Elementary
Wahoo Wahoo Elementary
Omaha Carl A Swanson Elementary
Omaha Westbrook Elementary
Ansley Ansley Elementary
Clay Center Clay Center Elementary
Clay Clay Center High
Curtis Medicine Valley Elementary
Fairfield Sandy Creek Elementary
Fairfield Sandy Creek Jr/Sr High
Kearney Glenwood Elementary
Kearney Horizon Middle
Kearney Kearney Sr High
Lincoln Campbell Elementary
Lincoln Fredstrom Elementary
Omaha Dundee Elem School
Omaha Fullerton Elementary
Omaha Walnut Hill Elementary
Plattsmouth Plattsmouth Middle
Superior Superior North Ward Elementary
Millard Ezra Millard Elementary
Elkhorn St. Patrick's
Fairbury Central Elementary
Fairbury Jefferson Intermediate
Plattsmouth Plattsmouth Elementary
Sutton Sutton Elementary
Wahoo Bishop Neumann Central HS
Wahoo St. Wenceslaus