Four Shelby County Schools named on 2019 list of America’s Healthiest Schools

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Four Shelby County schools have been named to the 2019 list of “America’s Healthiest Schools,” by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

The list looks at how schools work to ensure students are healthy- including “serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality health and physical education, and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.”

Below are the SCS schools listed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and special things each school does, according to the group.

Brownsville Road Elementary School

  • Ensures families have opportunities to be involved in the decision-making process for health and safety policies and programs
  • Promotes healthy food and beverage choices and school meals with creative marketing techniques
  • Provides at least 60 minutes of physical education per week for students
  • Implements a robust health and physical education program

Dexter Elementary School

  • Partners with local community organizations to engage students and their families in health-promotion activities
  • Prohibits withholding recess as punishment
  • Has a representative school health committee that meets at least four times a year and oversees school health and safety policies and programs

Germanshire Elementary School

  • Provides at least 20 minutes of recess per day for students, with teachers or recess monitors encouraging students to be active
  • Offers health free or low-cost health assessments for staff at least once a year
  • Ensures families have opportunities to be involved in the decision-making process for health and safety policies and programs

Grahamwood Elementary School

  • Implements “farm to school” activities to promote understanding of and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Offers a variety of after school activity options such as: cross country, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, roller skating, and more!
  • Encourage employees to partake in afterschool physical activities with students

16 Tennessee schools made this year’s list. No Arkansas or Mississippi schools made the list.

All of America’s Healthiest Schools:

  • Meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks 
  • Offer breakfast daily
  • Incorporate physical activity before, during or after the school day
  • Implement district wellness policies and update progress annually
  • Involve parents and community members in decision-making

To learn more and view the complete list, CLICK HERE.

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