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Miami Springs Middle School Ranked as One of America’s Healthiest Schools

Miami Springs Middle School in Miami Springs, Fla., was one of 10 schools in the nation to be named one of America’s Healthiest Schools by Health magazine. The average American child spends nearly 12,000 hours in school, from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Healthy reform at this large, urban middle school started in the cafeteria, which eliminated all white-flour products, according to former principal Gail Quigley, Ed.D. Sugary cereals have been banned from breakfast, and all à la carte items meet the stringent criteria of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization devoted to ending childhood obesity.

The teachers at the school have also set up a gym in their lounge, and attend on-site Weight Watchers classes and participate in a walking club.