Four Mid-South Schools Named Among 2017's "America's Healthiest Schools"

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( - Four Memphis-area schools made the 2017 list of “America’s Healthiest Schools.” The list was published by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

"We try to teach them to have long lifetime healthy habits,” says Coach Carol Hall Pleasant from Hickory Ridge Elementary.

It's P. E. time at the school, and Coaches Robert Wimbley and Carol Hall Pleasant are getting the kids moving. It's one reason this school made the 2017 list of healthiest schools in the nation.

"Our kids understand that in order to be healthy you must have a healthy body, healthy mind, healthy attitude,” says Coach Pleasant.

Coach Pleasant says a healthy lifestyle needs to start at home. "We encourage the parents to put them in some type of activity to keep them busy to keep them active."

Of the 323 schools chosen nationwide, ten of those schools received the gold award. It's the highest award for being healthy. One of the ten chosen is a Shelby County School - Maxine Smith STEAM Academy.

Northwest Prep Academy also made the list, as did Dyersburg Primary School in the Dyersburg City School District.

Hickory Ridge Elementary is most proud of a letter they received last year. Pleasant says it has inspired the kids to keep moving.


"We received a personal letter from President Obama himself encouraging the kids to keep up the good work,” says Coach Pleasant.

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