Eighteen district schools named America's Healthiest
For the second year in a row, Mesa Public Schools was the only Arizona district to be recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Eighteen district schools have been named to 2018 America's Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, receiving national recognition for their commitment to student and staff health and well-being.
For the second year in a row, Mesa Public Schools was the only Arizona district to be recognized. Nationwide, 461 schools were selected based on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes availability of nutritious foods and access to quality physical education opportunities. Last year, 32 district elementary schools made the elite list.
Mesa Public Schools' 2018 awardees are: Crismon, Field, Hermosa Vista, Holmes, Irving, Johnson, Las Sendas, Lowell, MacArthur, Mendoza, Pomeroy, Robson, Roosevelt, Salk, Sirrine, Taft and Webster elementary schools, and Summit Academy.
"Our entire community — parents, teachers, students and staff — has united around the importance of creating a comprehensive healthy school environment," says Dr. Andi Fourlis, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. "We're honored to receive this recognition from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and we remain committed to advancing our school health improvement efforts even further."
All of America's Healthiest Schools have earned National Healthy Schools Awards, a prestigious achievement celebrating schools that meet or exceed expert-recommended standards set by the Healthy Schools Program for serving nutritious meals and snacks, encouraging students to move more throughout the day, offering high-quality health and physical education, and empowering school leaders to be healthy role models.
"The Healthy Schools program has served over 42,000 schools," says Brian Weaver, chief program officer at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. "Each one recognizes the academic, social and behavioral benefits of prioritizing student health. We're proud to recognize the exceptional efforts of Mesa Public Schools for serving as a best-in-class example of what it means to create healthier environments for students and staff."