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Many schools in Northern Kentucky are actively shaping the health and wellness of their students and staff. The Northern Kentucky Health Department supports these efforts through its school health programming. As a part of this initiative, the Award of Excellence in School Health was developed to recognize and celebrate schools in Northern Kentucky that have policies, programs, and the infrastructure to support and promote school health.
This year, 14 Northern Kentucky schools were recognized with either a gold, silver or bronze level Award of Excellence in School Health.
“The awards program is one way the Health Department can help motivate and empower schools to create a healthy environment for students, staff and faculty,” said Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH.
To be eligible for the awards, schools completed a comprehensive application form that assessed the areas of physical activity and nutrition, staff wellness, and school environments that enhance emotional and mental health and student safety. The application also assessed how well schools cultivate the 40 Developmental Assets, which are qualities essential to raising successful young people.
Schools could win awards at one of three levels: bronze, silver or gold, based on the number of points they earned towards the award criteria.
“School health in Northern Kentucky is improving, as demonstrated by these awards,” said Saddler.
Fourteen schools received awards for addressing many areas of school health.
The following Grant County Schools were recognized:
Bronze level awards
• Grant County High School in Dry Ridge: Made several healthy changes in the cafeteria and in vending machines, such as a sandwich bar stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables and baked snacks offered in the vending machines.
Kentucky Department of Education’s Practical Living curriculum.
• Sherman Elementary in Dry Ridge: Engages students in various physical activity strategies to get students moving at least 30 minutes daily throughout the year, including: Girls on the Run, the Health Department’s Walk and Roll Challenge, Take 10, field day and the Healthy Monday campaign’s Monday Mile (a weekly mile-long walk on Mondays).
For more information call the Health Department at 859.341.4264 or visit http://www.fitclassrooms.com.