It’s not a pretty picture that Dr. Ken Cooper and Troy Aikman brought to light Tuesday at a press conference at the Hyatt Regency — almost 40% of Dallas high school students are overweight or obese.
With this situation in mind, the two very healthy type fellows announced that the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Cooper Institute announced the selection of Nell Burks Elementary in McKinney as the first school to become part of the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program.
What’s the Healthy Zone. . . Program? Good question. Better answer.
“The Healthy Zone School Recognition program offers training and financial assistance to schools to create healthier environments and recognizes schools that have already become healthy zones. As the first Healthy Zone School, Burks will receive funding and support to fully implement healthy practices on its campus and engage the surrounding community. The school will receive teacher fitness and nutrition training along with funding for physical education equipment, health promotions and parent education tools.”
On hand to accept the award were Burks Elementary Principal Pam Bendorf and Assistant Principal Garry Gorman.
As United Way COO Jennifer Sampson looked proud as punch, it was announced that the six-year initiative will eventually effect more than 25,000 students and their families associated with 70 schools.
After the press conference was done and all the official photos were taken, the munchkins who had been present in Healthy Zone T-shirts got to have Dr. Cooper and Troy autograph their T-shirts.
Then the grownups headed into the VIP reception for the Teaming up for Healthy Kids luncheon benefiting The Cooper Institute. It was a repeat for some, who had attended the sponsors’ party Monday night at Gerald Turner‘s home.
Luncheon co-chairs Edie Lycke and Stephanie Oakes set a mighty healthy and tasty table for the luncheon crowd. Spinach salad, with strawberries, grapes, feta cheese and toasted almonds topped with a raspberry vinaigrette. Then the entrée included artichoke stuffed breast of chicken with a tasty lemon thyme demi glace and onthe side cheddar mashed potatoes and