Three Schools in Monett Named to 2018 List of America’s Healthiest Schools

Monett Elementary, Central Park Elementary and Monett Middle schools to be honored with national award for promoting healthy eating and physical activity

(MONETT, MO), September 17, 2018 – Three schools across the Monett R-1 School District have been named to the 2018 list of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, receiving national recognition for their commitment to students’ health and well-being. As a part of the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) initiative, the district has worked to create a healthier future for Monett children. These changes were made possible by grant funding from Missouri Foundation for Health and the hard work of school leadership, staff, and students.

A total of 461 schools nationwide were selected based on a rigorous set of criteria–from availability of nutritious foods to access to quality physical education opportunities–as part of Healthier Generation ‘s Healthy Schools Program. The three schools from Monett, which serves 1,200 students, are among 19 schools in Missouri to receive this recognition.

Monett Elementary, Central Park Elementary and Monett Middle schools have taken the following steps toward creating a healthier environment for both students and staff:

Partnered with the City of Monett to help improve pedestrian transportation efforts, and established safe routes to school for students via Walking School Bus events. Created or revitalized before and after school programs such as the Morning Mile, Cubs on the Move, Cubs on the Run, Training Team, Power Hour and more. Initiated Farm to School efforts in the form of taste tests and school gardens that allow for integration of classroom curriculum. Created and implemented an employee wellness program that encourages Monett school district staff to act as healthy role models. Updated Monett’s District Wellness Policy which was a huge success and created healthy changes with HSHC. For Monett R-1, the district has strived to make a commitment to provide school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. For Monett, a district wellness policy represents the sustainable piece to the wellness puzzle.

“Our entire community–parents, teachers, students, and staff–has united around the importance of creating a healthy school,” said Alex Severs, school wellness coordinator. “We’re honored to receive this recognition from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and remain committed to advancing our school health improvement efforts even further over the coming years.”

“To see that all 19 schools named America’s Healthiest Schools are part of the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative really demonstrates the power of school districts and community leaders working together to build a healthier future. I’m so proud of our schools and look forward to seeing more healthy changes in the years to come,” said Deidre Griffith, Program Director, Missouri Foundation for Health.

All of America’s Healthiest Schools have earned National Healthy Schools Awards, a prestigious achievement that celebrates schools that meet or exceed expert-recommended standards set by Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program for serving healthy meals and snacks, getting students moving more throughout the day, offering high-quality health and physical education and empowering school leaders to be healthy role models.

“The Healthy Schools Programs has served over 42,000 schools. Each one recognizes the academic, social and behavioral benefits of prioritizing student health,” said Brian Weaver, Chief Program Officer at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We’re proud to recognize the exceptional efforts of Monett for serving as a best-in-class example of what it means to create healthier environments for both students and staff.”

Any school can join Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program at no-cost to access trainings, resources and technical assistance by visiting schools.healthiergeneration.org .

To view the complete list of America’s Healthiest Schools, visit HealthiestSchools.org .

About Healthy Schools Healthy Communities

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) empowers communities to build a healthier future for children and families across Missouri. An initiative of Missouri Foundation for Health, HSHC brings together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and residents to increase access to healthy food and physical activity where our kids live, learn, and play.

About Missouri Foundation for Health

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

To learn more please visit mffh.org .

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation believes every child deserves a healthy future. For more than a decade, Healthier Generation has been empowering kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. Driven by our passion that all young people deserve a chance to live healthier lives, our work has helped more than 28 million kids across the country. Make a difference at HealthierGeneration.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter .