By Audra Deli-Hoofnagle

Thirteen Kentucky schools were recognized as America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization that empowers children to develop lifelong, healthy habits.

These 13 schools were named as recipients of Healthier Generation’s prestigious National Healthy Schools Award. Schools earn the distinction by successfully meeting a rigorous set of criteria for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education, and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.

Each recognized school participates in Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program – one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives – which has worked with more than 35,000 schools serving more than 20 million students since 2006. All recognized schools:

  • Meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks;
  • Offer breakfast daily;
  • Implement district wellness policies and update progress annually; and
  • Provide students with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week and ensure physical activity throughout the school day

Schools are eligible for National Healthy Schools Awards at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level based on the standards they achieve. Congratulations to the 13 Kentucky schools that earned Bronze level recognition:

  • Cumberland Trace Elementary School (Warren County)
  • Daviess County Middle School
  • East View Elementary School (Daviess County)
  • Jody Richards Elementary School (Warren County)
  • Meadow Lands Elementary School (Daviess County)
  • Tamarack Elementary School (Daviess County)
  • Trigg County Primary School
  • Hickman County Elementary School
  • McLean County Middle School
  • Uniontown Elementary School (Union County)
  • Christian County High School
  • Webster County High School
  • Webster County Middle School