America's Healthiest Schools and How They Made the Grade

Kids spend up to eight hours a day at school throughout most of the year. They eat up to ten meals in the cafeteria each week, and many stay after the final bell for tutoring, lessons and practices. The fact is, kids often spend more time at school than they do at home (if you don't include sleeping). That makes school a huge factor in what our kids are eating and how they're staying active.

Enter the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a nonprofit established by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, which "empowers kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health." Its Healthy Schools Program kicked off in 2006 to give schools the tools to improve nutrition and health education and promote physical activity.

The Alliance recently released its 2017 list of America's Healthiest Schools. Read on to find out which schools made the grade and how they did it.

About the Author

Lisa Petty is a Senior Online Editor for ACTIVE.com. Her journey in journalism has spanned print, online and broadcast mediums. Here at ACTIVEkids, Lisa specializes in curating content for today’s on-the-go families, from healthy recipes to fun workouts to advice that makes life a little easier. Follow Lisa on Facebook and Instagram.
Lisa Petty is a Senior Online Editor for ACTIVE.com. Her journey in journalism has spanned print, online and broadcast mediums. Here at ACTIVEkids, Lisa specializes in curating content for today’s on-the-go families, from healthy recipes to fun workouts to advice that makes life a little easier. Follow Lisa on Facebook and Instagram.

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