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Nine Florida Schools honored at 3rd Annual Healthy Schools Forum

The third annual Healthy Schools Forum was held in Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 4-6, 2008, where 43 schools from across the nation received awards. Of the 43 schools receiving the National Recognition Award, nearly one quarter were from the state of Florida. Kenly Elementary School and Clair Mel Elementary from Hillsborough County School District both earned a bronze level award. Seven schools from Miami-Dade School District won bronze awards: North Beach Elementary, Flagami Elementary, George Washington Carver Elementary, Silver Bluff Elementary, Edison Middle School and Felix Varela High School. Miami Springs Middle School received a silver level award.

Schools participating in the Healthy Schools Program are eligible to earn bronze, silver, gold or platinum awards based on their range of healthy eating and physical activity programs and policies. The rigorous program criteria were developed in consultation with a panel of experts, including representatives from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others.

In the U.S., 12-million children and teens are obese and more than 23-million are either overweight or obese. Over the past 40 years, the obesity rate for children ages six to 11 has more than quadrupled from 4.2 to 17 percent; for adolescents from ages 12 to 19 years of age, the rate has tripled from 4.6 to 17.6 percent.

For more information on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, or to register your school, visit