Wednesday, healthy types like football star Troy Aikman, Dr. Kenneth Cooper and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ newly-named President/CEO Jennifer Sampson were at James Bowie Elementary School announcing the 13 schools that have been recognized in the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program.
No, it doesn’t mean that the schools had the least number of casualties in school-crossing-zones. The program is a “collaborative health initiative offering training and financial assistance to schools to create healthier environments and recognizing schools that have already become healthy zones.”
Aikman, Cooper’s Institute and the United Way have partnered up to fight the growing problem of childhood obesity.
Of the 13 local schools receiving program honors, Nell Burks Elementary, McKinney; Bethany Elementary, Plano; and Carlena Chandler Elementary, Allen, received program honors for healthy practices for 2011-t012.
The 10 remaining schools (McLaughlin/Strickland Elementary, Carrollton/Farmers Branch; Bonham Elementary, Dallas; Malvern Elementary, McKinney; James Bowie Elementary, Dallas; Jackson Elementary, Plano; Rasor Elementary, Plano; Anderson Elementary, Frisco; Arapaho Classical Magnet, Richardson; George Bannerman Dealey Montessori, Dallas; and Caldwell Elementary, McKinney) were designated as Healthy Zone Schools In-Training.
Photo by Winn Fuqua provided by Healthy Zone School Recognition Program