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neisd schools honored by president clinton

On Oct 21, 2012, President Bill Clinton, co-founder of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, recognized 251 schools from around the country, including 14 schools from San Antonio, for making their campuses into places where healthy eating and physical activity are prioritized and promoted. Nine of the San Antonio schools are from North East ISD.

Bradley, Ed White, Eisenhower and Tejeda middle schools, as well as Encino Park, Northern Hills, Roan Forest and Stone Oak elementary schools earned Bronze-level recognition. Redland Oaks Elementary School received Silver-level recognition, the first and only Silver recognition earned in Bexar County.
To earn this designation, the schools revamped their meals service and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. Schools also made changes to improve employee wellness initiatives and made efforts to participate in healthier, non-food-based fundraisers.

President Clinton delivered the keynote address and recognized these schools for their accomplishments at the 2012 Healthy Schools Program Forum in Little Rock, Ark.

“Even though these schools do not have abundant resources, their teachers and staff are dedicated to the health of their students. Every school in America should emulate these educators by making healthy eating and daily exercise a priority,” said President Bill Clinton. “It takes this kind of collaboration between schools, their students, and national partners to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.”

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national nonprofit organization founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, created the Healthy Schools Program to help reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States by 2015. The program is funded primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which also provided support for the evaluation.

The Healthy Schools Program works with more than 15,000 schools across the nation, reaching more than nine million students, as well as teachers and other school staff. As the largest effort of its kind, the program has the potential to inform similar efforts aimed at transforming schools into healthier places and preventing obesity among children and teens.

Posted on October 22, 2012