SEM Honored For Healthier School  

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 healthy achievements.

 "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