Grayson County Middle School has been named one of only 12 schools statewide to receive the 2015 National Healthy Schools Bronze Award.
To earn the award, GCMS improved its nutrition and wellness services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. The Alliance will recognize the school for transforming its environment into a healthier place at the Leaders’ Summit later this fall.
Many people assume making healthy changes in middle and high schools are too difficult, but GCMS is an excellent example of a middle school that has transformed its environment. Significant achievements include offering more before- and after-school opportunities for students to be active.
Before-school activities have included a very popular 30-day push-up challenge, led by P.E. teachers. Archery and Ultimate Frisbee are fun after-school opportunities for students to be active no matter their athletic skill. These opportunities are provided during Cougar Zone through the school’s 21st Century Learning Grant.
During the school day, students participate in “brain breaks.” Strong nutrition policies are also in place that limit number of celebrations and food rewards. Fundraisers offer delicious fresh fruit instead of donuts or other less nutritious items.
The Healthy Schools Program provides schools guidance, professional development, access to national experts and evidence-based resources and tools to help them create and sustain healthy school environments. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program has helped more than 28,000 schools increase quality physical activity, health education and healthy eating.
About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments for millions of children. To learn more and join the movement, visit www.HealthierGeneration.org.