Brains and Bodies Award Winners Wellness Star Winners
On April 25, 2014 Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) announced the 2014 Brains and Bodies Award recipients and Wellness Star recipients - individual Wake County schools going above and beyond, to support healthy behaviors at school for both students and staff. Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) School Board Chair Christine Kushner was invited to present the awards.
Ten schools earned the Brains and Bodies Award, and six earned the Wellness Star, with three schools winning both awards. Underwood Elementary in Raleigh won the AHA Brains and Bodies Award for overall wellness at the Gold level designation for the fourth year in a row. Brier Creek Elementary, Davis Drive Elementary, Highcroft Elementary, Hunter Elementary and Joyner Elementary earned awards at the Silver level. Bronze award winners include Brentwood Elementary, Lead Mine Elementary, Martin Middle School and Oak Grove Elementary. The AHA Brains and Bodies Award is the only school award for school health in Wake County.
Wellness Star winners are Davis Drive Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Laurel Park Elementary, Martin Middle School, Olive Chapel Elementary and Wake Forest Elementary. The Wellness Star award is new this year, and recognizes efforts to support walking and biking to school.All award winners earned a banner to display at their school. “We are so impressed with the work of all these schools to make wellness and health a priority,” Sara Merz, director of AHA. “Physically active students who eat healthy foods perform better academically, have fewer disciplinary issues, and are starting off on the right foot.”“More than 43 percent of kids aged 5 to 11 in Wake County are overweight or obese,” Merz continued. “Our Brains and Bodies Award winners are making a real difference in their schools by changing the way they do their work, creating opportunities for students to be active, and implementing the WCPSS Wellness Policy and focusing on employee and student wellness.”
AHA created the Brains and Bodies Award program four years ago to celebrate and recognize schools making an effort to incorporate wellness into the culture of the school day. The application process is also intended to be educational, providing schools with information and a wide array of resources and best practices to model. One of the student wellness criteria is that schools provide opportunities for students to participate in daily physical activity during the school day, excluding recess and physical education. Lead Mine Elementary, for example, includes physical activity in its morning announcements.
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