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					                  The Alliance for a Healthier Generation
                  The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart As-
                  sociation and the William J. Clinton Foundation, was formed in 2005 as a re-
                  sponse to the dramatic increase in prevalence of childhood obesity across
                  the nation. Currently, as many as 1 in 3 students in many states meet the
                  criteria for overweight or obese.
Progress in the
                  The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by
Healthy Schools   2015 by fostering an environment that helps all kids pursue healthy and ac-
                  tive lifestyles. To that end the Alliance is working to positively affect the health
   Program        of children by forging voluntary agreements with the healthcare and food ser-
                  vice industries and by working with kids and schools across the nation.

                  The Alliance believes that helping schools is one of the most efficient and
                  effective ways to shape the lifelong health and well-being of children and adolescents. That is why the Alliance has
  Georgia         created the Healthy Schools Program, which aims to improve schools in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and
                  staff wellness. The Alliance launched the Healthy Schools Program in February of 2006 with funding from the Robert
     2011         Wood Johnson Foundation.

                  Major Accomplishments
                  By engaging and activating the leaders who can transform the                 A Quick Look at Childhood Obesity
                  environments and communities that nurture our children, the Alliance                    in Georgia
                  for a Healthier Generation:
                                                                                                                                 GA          National
                   Supports nearly 12,000 schools in all 50 states in transforming
                     their environments into places where students have better ac-             Percentage of                   37.3%          31.6%
                     cess to physical activity and healthier foods before, during and          children ages 10- 17
                     after school.                                                             years who are
                   Activates more than 2.5 million teens and tweens to commit                overweight or obese1
                     to eat better, move more and serve as leaders to their peers.
                   Brokered voluntary agreements with the beverage, snack and                State rank for over-                           Rank in
                     dairy industries that has contributed to a 88 percent decrease            weight or obese                                 2003:
                     in total beverage calories shipped to U.S. schools between                children (1 is best)1             49             37
                     2004 and 2009.
                   Negotiated agreements with 13 of the leading school meals
                     manufacturers, group purchasing organizations and technology              Estimated adult       $2,233 M $75 Billion
                     companies to develop, market and competitively price health-              obesity-attributable
                     ier school meal options.                                                  medical expenditures,
                   Convened national medical associations, leading insurers and              1998-2000 (in 2003
                     employers that agreed to offer comprehensive health benefits              dollars) 2
                     to children and families for the prevention and treatment of child-                                                                 
                     hood obesity.                                                             1. 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health.
                                                                                               2. 2009 edition of F as in Fat, published by Trust for
                                                                                               America’s Health.
                                                                           The Healthy Schools Program outlines the course of action for
 The Healthy Schools Program                                               making sustainable changes in its Six Step Process:
 The Alliance believes that helping schools is one of the most efficient   Step 1: Convene a school wellness council to plan and lead
 and effective ways to shape the lifelong health and well-being of chil-   implementation of the Healthy Schools Program in the school.
 dren and adolescents. That is why the Alliance has created the Healthy
 Schools Program, which aims to improve schools in the areas of nutri-     Step 2: Complete the Inventory in the Healthy Schools Builder to
 tion, physical activity and staff wellness. The Alliance launched the     identify areas for improvement.
 Healthy Schools Program in February of 2006 with funding from the
 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.                                           Step 3: Develop an Action Plan based on what is important and
                                                                           achievable in the school community.
 The Healthy Schools Program pro-
 vides technical support to schools                                        Step 4: Identify resources that can facilitate implementation of the
 across the country in their efforts to                                    Action Plan.
 engage the entire school community
 (including administrators, parents and                                    Step 5: Take Action! Follow the Action Plan to create a healthier school
 school vendors) in increasing access                                      environment.
 to physical activity and healthier foods
 for students and staff. In addition to                                    Step 6: Celebrate Success! The Healthy Schools Program works with
 providing schools with best practice                                      schools to celebrate small victories and big successes along the way.
 resources and support, the Healthy
 Schools Program recognizes success-
 ful schools through a national award                                      Every school has support from a Healthy Schools Program staff mem-
 program.                                                                  ber who works one-on-one with the school to meet its wellness goals.
                                                                           Schools also have access to a team of staff with expertise in each con-
 The work of the Healthy Schools Program is based on the Healthy           tent area. These content experts are available to support schools
 Schools Program Framework, a set of best practice guidelines devel-       through phone or email consultations, online trainings and professional
 oped by a national panel of experts that serves as a “roadmap” for cre-   development opportunities.
 ating a healthier school environment. These guidelines form the basis
 of the National Recognition Program which awards schools at the
 Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum levels based on the policy and pro-      Schools are able to access a wide variety of information and resources
 grammatic changes made in eight separate areas;                           on the Healthy Schools Program website at
                                                                           Schools will find hundreds of success stories from schools around the
                                                                           country, toolkits that provide step-by-step information for meeting the
        Before and Afterschool Programs
                                                                           best practice criteria, a wealth of local, state and national resources and
        Competitive Foods and School Beverages
                                                                           funding opportunities to help them make meaningful and lasting chang-
        Health Education                                                 es to their school health environment.
        Physical Education
        Physical Activity                                                       Who can join the Healthy Schools Program?
        Policy/Systems
                                                                                           Everyone. And it’s free.
        School Employee Wellness
        School Meals                                                        

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State Specifics: Georgia
                                                                                    Table 2. Characteristics of Schools
          Table 1. Healthy Schools Program Reach

                Initial   Participating     Students                                                      Healthy           All
                 Year       Schools         Enrolled                                                     Schools        Schools
              2007–08           59            39,588                                                    Participants     in State
                                                                          Characteristic                 (n = 125)     (n = 2,590)
              2008–09           24            17,000
                                                                          School Level
              2009–10           42            31,040
              Total            125            87,628                       Elementary                       61%           50%

                                                                           Middle School                    19%           19%

                                                                           High School                      13%           15%

                                                                           Other/missing                     7%           16%
            2011 Recipients of the
                                                                          Free or Reduced-Price Lunch
     Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s
         National Recognition Award:                                       0-24%                            10%           12%

                                                                           24-49%                           22%           23%
 Silver: Black's Mill Elementary School, Cliftondale Elementary School,
 Palmetto Elementary School, Sandtown Middle School                        50-74%                           30%           37%

                                                                           75-100%                          37%           28%
 Bronze: Springdale Park Elementary School, Herbert Robinson
 Elementary School, Kilough Elementary School, Riverview Middle           Primary Ethnicity
 School, Bear Creek Middle School, High Point Elementary School,
                                                                           Caucasian                        31%           55%
 Cowan Road Middle School,
 Beecher Hills Elementary                                                  African American                 67%           40%
 School, Bleckley County
 Primary School, City Park                                                 Hispanic                          2%            5%
 Elementary School, Huntley
 Hills Elementary and                                                     School Locale
 Montessori School, Langston                                               City                             45%           18%
 Hughes High School, Jackson
 Road Elementary School                                                    Suburb                           25%           32%

                                                                           Rural or small town              31%           50%

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Table 3. A sample of Healthy Schools Program (HSP) criteria and the
percentage of participating schools in the state currently meeting the
                                                                                   Healthy Schools Inventory
criteria, compared to participating schools across the country.
                                                                                   The Healthy Schools Inventory is embedded in the Healthy Schools Builder,
                                                     HSP          HSP              an interactive online tool designed to help guide schools through the
                                                  Schools in   Schools in          process of conducting a needs assessment, prioritizing action steps and
                                                   Georgia        U.S.             developing a customized action plan for school health and wellness. All
    Criterion                                      (n = 112)   (n =3,455)          schools are encouraged to complete the Inventory soon after they begin
                                                                                   their participation in the program and at least once each year thereafter.
    Convened a school wellness council that          84%          72%
    meets every other month.
                                                                                   The Healthy Schools Inventory is based on the Healthy Schools Program
    Goals from the health action plan are            44%          39%              Framework and requires 102 responses organized around the eight content
    integrated into the overall School Im-                                         areas (i.e., Policy/Systems, School Meals, Competitive Foods and Beverag-
    provement Plan.                                                                es, Health Education, Physical Education, Physical Activity, Before and
    School offers only whole grains daily at         61%          41%              Afterschool Programs and School Employee Wellness). The scoring rubric
    breakfast and lunch.                                                           designates four levels of recognition for achievement: Bronze, Silver, Gold
    School offers at least four non-fried, no-
                                                                                   and Platinum. The evaluation team uses the Healthy Schools Inventory to
                                                     75%          73%
    added-sugar fruit and/or vegetable op-                                         assess change in school policies and practices over time.
    tions daily.
    All competitive foods offered for sale to        57%          70%
    students meet the Alliance Competitive
    Foods Guidelines.
    Substituted at least two “less healthy”          34%          28%                                                    School Meals

                                                                             Inventory Content Area
    food fundraisers with nonfood fundraisers
                                                                                                      Competitive Foods and Beverages
    or with only products that meet the Alli-
    ance’s Guidelines.                                                                                                Health Education
    Health Education is required for at least        83%          83%
                                                                                                                    Physical Education
    one term for high school students.
    At the elementary school level, at least 20      76%          78%                                                  Physical Activity
    minutes of recess is offered daily.                                                                Before and Afterschool Programs
    Students receive 150 minutes of physical          7%          24%                                       School Employee Wellness
    education or more per week for K-5th
    grade.                                                                                                                 Total Score
    Before and afterschool program offerings         68%          58%
    dedicate at least 20 percent of time to                                                                                              0%   25%      50%       75%   100%
    physical activity.                                                                                                                          Percent of Schools
    School is implementing an employee well-         67%          52%
    ness action plan.
                                                                            Figure 1. Percent of schools showing an improvement of at least one item
    School has a plan in place to promote            41%          39%       in each content area of the Healthy Schools Inventory for HSP schools in
    safe walking and bicycling to/from school.                              Georgia (n = 101) and for HSP schools in all states (n =2,421 ).

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                                                                                Reinventing the Birthday Party
 Afterschool Club Helps Define Wellness                                         CAMPBELL ELEMENTARY | FAIRBURN, GEORGIA
                                                                                Campbell Elementary School used to celebrate birthdays by hav-
 For the first through fifth graders at St. Simons Elementary School,           ing monthly parties in the cafeteria where cake and ice cream were
 a monthly afterschool program offers a fun way to explore healthy              served to all students celebrating a birthday that month. After join-
 choices. Paige Fox, a paraprofessional at the school with a fitness            ing the Healthy Schools Program, reinventing the school’s birth-
 background, wanted to start a club that would expose children to a             day celebrations became a high priority.
 number of wellness topics with a hands-on approach. By tapping
 into a base of community and parent volunteers she has been able               During the school wellness council’s first meeting they brainstormed
 to create a diverse spectrum of lessons for the students to explore.           new ways to celebrate birthdays but did not find the creative and healthy
                                                                                solution they were looking for. Then one day, head custodian Lisa Bry-
 Some of the topics that have been                                              ant made a suggestion to physical education teacher Matthew Pearch
 presented include nutrition, cooking,                                          who then shared the idea with the principal who supported it whole-
 yoga, Reiki, fitness, prevention,                                              heartedly.
 posture, balance and games. Each
 meeting commences with a thinking                                              Now students at Campbell Elementary celebrate their birthdays by be-
 map to brainstorm relevant wellness                                            ing physically active. Rather than heading to the cafeteria the students
 ideas. As a result, the club is working                                        now head to the gym where Pearch sets up different activities such as
 on a wellness definition that currently                                        jump ropes, hula-hoops, basketball, Dance Dance Revolution, etc. The
 states, “The better we care fo our-                                            students spend 5-10
 selves, the better we are able to enjoy                                        minutes at each station
 our lives.”                                                                    before moving to the next.
                                                                                At the end of the period,
 In the “Hands on Food” session, dieti-                                         the teachers spend time
 cian Allison Hendry R.D. focuses on                                            talking about healthy mes-
 healthy food choices. Children cut and arrange food portions on their          sages and each student
 plates and have several opportunities to taste over twenty food items. At      gets a Campbell Elemen-
 another meeting, students cook with Glynn County Executive Chef, Fritz         tary School water bottle
 Schultz, making a healthier tuna melt and green bean salad. Janita Nel-        and a LiveStrong wrist-
 son, a certified yoga instructor, uses a puppet to tell a story that helps     band. Pearch said,
 guide the children through different yoga poses. “The community has            “Students love it!”
 been extremely generous with its talents and time,” said Fox.

 St. Simons Principal Suzanne Clements explains, “At St. Simons
 Elementary our mission is, ‘Joining hands to build a BRIGHTER future
 for our community.’ Our wellness initiative directly impacts the future of
 our students. I believe obesity in our society can be a major drawback.
 Students need to be taught and have an opportunity to practice healthy
 lifestyle topics. Our wellness club is well on its way to accomplishing this

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 Student Wellness Ambassadors “Jam” at                                     School-Community Partnerships Help
 School Wellness Meetings                                                  Gardens Spring to Life

 The Atlanta Public School System has started a Student Wellness           It began in the fall of 2007, when Morningside Elementary devel-
 Ambassador Program and 25% of schools are now participating.              oped a pilot Farm to School program which encompasses garden
 Five students at Burgess Peterson Elementary were selected and            related curriculum, nutrition education and provides for more
 received training in September on how to promote wellness in their        freshly prepared and desirable foods to be served in the cafeteria.
 school. They attended the Healthy Schools Program Session #3              The school first started a garden program for their kindergarten
 and helped take notes, led a “JAMmin’ Minute” for the group and           students. The students have worked in the garden and participated
 shared stories of their successes with other schools in attendance.       in a weekly garden-related lesson.

 Burgess Peterson has five Wellness Ambassadors for this year who are      Since that time, additional partnerships have been developed with vari-
 Jaila Allen, Jaela Curry, Courtney Jackson, Jeremy Jackson and Jame-      ous community organizations to enable Morningside to expand the pro-
 cia Simmons. Student Ambassadors take an active role in School Well-      gram. The intent of the garden curriculum is to supplement classroom
 ness Council meetings by participating in discussions and leading         teaching with an outdoor classroom where math, science and social
 “JAMmin’ Minutes.” They also lead “JAMmin’ Minutes” for the whole         studies can be studied in a real life environment. The curriculum is also
 school every day during the morning announcements.                        designed to support the wellness policy by teaching children about mak-
                                                                           ing healthy life choices for their bodies and the environment.
 Currently, the school is working with the ambassadors to make plans for
 planting a garden on campus and getting parent volunteers to maintain     Key partnerships include the nutrition department at Georgia State Uni-
 it.                                                                       versity. Professors, undergraduate and graduate students are currently
                                                                           working to identify and apply for grants to support the school’s pro-
                                                                           grams. These students are also compiling garden related curriculum for
                                                                           each grade that will be tied to the Georgia Performance Standards and
                                                                           are helping to develop a strategic plan for evaluating the programs.
                                                                           They have also offered to help ensure that any changes made to the
                                                                           cafeteria menu will meet the minimum requirements of the USDA for the
                                                                           National School Lunch program.

                                                                           Other partners include a local restaurant owner who is interested in
                                                                           helping to fund the garden project through dining events, an employee
                                                                           volunteer base and donations. Michael Thompson, a local gardener, is
                                                                           acting as a farm mentor, providing guidance and resources to help the
                                                                           school develop a successful garden.

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