Manatee Elementary and Forest Hill Elementary are two most recent schools to be recognized for having healthy school environments in the School District of Palm Beach County. The following comments were made by President Bill Clinton recently at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas while honoring 267 schools for creating healthier environments for children to learn and staff to work.
“Giving children the right kind of food is crucial to their well-being and success,” said President Bill Clinton, co-founder of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation along with the American Heart Association. “The Healthy Schools Program proves that, with proper planning and support, there seems to be no reason why all districts can’t meet nutritional standards and serve their students healthy, enjoyable meals.”
The awards ceremony is part of the eighth annual Healthy Schools Program Forum. Manatee Elementary and Forest Hill Elementary were among the group of schools. They join previous award recipients from Palm Beach County: Hagen Road Elementary School (2010), Banyan Creek Elementary (2011), Crosspointe Elementary (2011), Berkshire Elementary (2012), and South Olive Elementary (2012).
President Clinton’s data showed that each of the 267 schools—and nearly all schools that participate in the Healthy Schools Program and have such data—are meeting or exceeding recently updated federal nutrition standards for healthy school meals.
The Alliance works with more than 18,000 schools across the nation in every state, reaching more than 11 million students, as well as teachers and other school staff. Its Healthy Schools Program is funded primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
“The schools we’re honoring are creating a culture of health for their students and staff,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “They’re helping to ensure that students have the good nutrition, physical activity, and healthy habits they need to be ready to learn now and to succeed in the future.”
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office - Oct. 2013