On October 20-22, 2012, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation held its annual “Healthy Schools Program Forum” in Little Rock, Arkansas, to recognize over 250 recipients of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards that achieved the respective levels of national recognition.  Among the recipients were 4 West Virginia schools, all of which met the stringent standards of the Bronze Award: Cabell Alternative School (Cabell County), Mountain View Elementary School (Putnam County), Salt Rock Elementary School (Cabell County) and Woodsdale Elementary School (Ohio County).  The highlight of the celebratory weekend was listening to President Clinton speak in person at the forum about making healthy eating and daily exercise a priority in every school in America.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation (www.healthiergeneration.org) works with more than 15,000 schools in all 50 states and is a great resource for counties and schools looking to improve their overall nutrition and physical activity environment.  Counties are encouraged to utilize the information and resources from the Alliance when revising and updating their Local Wellness Policies this school year.  In West Virginia, the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program Manager, Amy File, is currently working with schools in the following 12 counties: Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Hancock, Jefferson, Lincoln, Mason, Mingo, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, and Tucker.  If you are interested in working with Ms. File she can be reached at amy.file@healthiergeneration.org.  It would be wonderful to have more schools in West Virginia working towards meeting the Alliance’s “healthy school” criterion and to be nationally recognized for their efforts.

For additional information regarding the “Healthy Schools Program Forum” in Little Rock and/or updating Local Wellness Policies in schools, contact OCN Coordinator, Erica Cooper at ecooper@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-2708.