Register staff report
BEREA — On Friday, Shannon Johnson Elementary celebrated its recognition as one of the 250-plus schools from around the country, and one of only four schools in Kentucky, honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for transforming its campus into a healthier place for students and staff.
A release from the Alliance issued the following statement about Shannon Johnson:
“Shannon Johnson Elementary School knows that staying fit and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is not only fun, but also very important for staying healthy. Their ‘Triple Crown Events’ encouraged students and family members to participate in a 3K, 5K, or 1-mile race this past school year.
“Daily activity breaks of 5 to 10 minutes are a new and exciting way teachers maintain students’ attention and instill the important of daily activity in students’ minds. ‘Healthy Celebrations’ is the school’s new service to parents that provides innovative and healthy snacks for classroom celebrations. ‘Healthy Choices’ is a program in which the principal and cafeteria staff praise and award students who make daily healthy fruit and vegetable choices.
“‘Grow Your Own,’ a new garden program, taught students how to plant and harvest their own garden! The wellness council encouraged staff to attend the District Health Fair to take advantage of free health screenings. Positive behavior and attitude changes reveal how rewarding healthy lifestyle changes can be for students and staff.”
The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program provides support and training, at no cost, to more than 15,000 schools nationwide to help them reverse the national trend in childhood obesity.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation was founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation.
Former President Bill Clinton, American Heart Association President Donna Arnett and NBC’s The Biggest Loser celebrity expert Bob Harper honored Shannon Johnson and other qualifying schools for their healthy achievements during the Healthy Schools Program Forum in Little Rock, Ark. on Sunday, Oct. 28.