The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation), one of the nation’s preeminent children’s health organizations, recently named 355 schools from 23 states as “America’s Healthiest Schools.”

America’s Healthiest Schools — 77% of which are Title I schools that serve high-need student populations — receive Healthier Generation’s National Healthy Schools Award at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level, based on the number of best-practices they have implemented relating to children’s health. Healthier Generation’s team of school health experts evaluate schools based on their ability to serve healthier meals and snacks, get students moving more, offer high-quality health and physical education, and support staff wellness.

North Wood was among 32 schools in Missouri to achieve recognition.

All of America’s Healthiest Schools: meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks, offer breakfast daily, incorporate physical activity before, during or after the school day, implement district wellness policies and update progress annually, and involve parents and community members in decision-making.

“Schools have direct contact with more than 95% of our nation’s young people during some of the most critical years of their development,” said Holly Hunt, chief of the School Health Branch, in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “This recognition shows how schools have worked to create an environment where children learn and practice healthy behaviors that can last a lifetime.”

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