July 19, 2011
The Alliance for a Healthier
Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J.
Clinton Foundation, recognized Sumner-Eddyville-Miller for transforming its
school into a healthier place for students and staff.
To earn this
award, SEM revamped its meal service and physical activity programs to meet or
exceeded stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's
Healthy Schools Program, which provides expert advice and
free resources to more than 12,000 schools nationwide to help them reverse the
national trend in childhood obesity.
Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum National Recognition
Awards based on their level of achievement. SEM, a BRONZE National Recognition
Award winner, joined 274 other schools that received this honor for their
"We commend the dedication
of our healthy schools for their efforts to offer students and staff nutritious
meals and a variety of physical activity opportunities," said Ginny Ehrlich,
chief executive officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. "Their
success proves that despite academic pressures and budget constraints, schools
can develop environments that foster healthy lifestyles to benefit young people
now and into the future."
In addition to the Healthy
Schools Program, the Alliance brokers and implements voluntary agreements with
industry leaders to provide young people better access to healthier foods,
beverages, physical activity and healthcare. In January 2011, the Alliance
announced new multi-industry voluntary agreements that brought together leading
food manufacturers, group purchasing organizations and technology companies to
help America's schools serve healthier meals at more affordable prices. As a
result of these agreements, more than 30 million students across the country
will have access to healthier school meals - including at least 14 million
students who currently participate in the free and reduced lunch program.
The Healthy Schools Program
is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Any school in the U.S. can
enroll and receive free assistance and support to become a healthier place for
students to learn and staff to work. Find out more at HealthierGeneration.org.