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Callaway Hills recognized as one of America's healthiest schools

Callaway Hills recognized as one of America's healthiest schools

May 20th, 2018 by Joe Gamm in Local News

Justin Isaacs, left, and Gavin Wilson create a loaded chicken salad Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the Callaway Hills Elementary School Cooking Club.

Photo by Mark Wilson /News Tribune.

Callaway Hills Elementary School is among America's healthiest schools, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

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The alliance, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation as a response to growing child obesity, on Wednesday awarded the school its Bronze Award for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff.

The alliance's Healthy Schools Program recognizes schools that meet or exceed stringent standards, including serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models, Kelsey Chrisman said.

Chrisman, the Jefferson City Public Schools Healthy Schools program coordinator, said in a news release the award demonstrates the school's commitment to fostering the health of its students and staff.

"Specifically, our school has an extraordinary Cooking Club and Garden Club along with before- and after-school physical activity programs like the Fitness Club," she said. "Aside from home, school is the place where kids spend most of their time, making healthy schools vital to preparing students for success."

In March, the school applied for the Bronze recognition through the alliance.

Any school can sign up to receive the support of the alliance's Healthy Schools Program resources, tools and national experts at no cost. To learn more, they should go to schools.healthiergeneration.org.

Like other Bronze Award winners, the school will be featured in the alliance's national America's #HealthiestSchools campaign through local and national media outlets.