WEST PALM BEACH – Ten schools in Florida have been honored as being among the healthiest schools in the nation. Two of them are in Palm Beach County.
Gove Elementary School, in Belle Glade and Allamanda Elementary School, in Palm Beach Gardens have earned bronze-level recognition for their efforts in promoting the health and wellness of students and staff with their healthy initiatives. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded in part by the American Heart Association, created the America’s Healthiest Schools program in an effort to help parents, students and staff turn school campuses into healthier places. Both schools have integrated nutrition and wellness into their school culture.
Gove Elementary School participates in the Commit 2B Fit program, a comprehensive wellness program that teaches students the basics of healthy nutrition and regular physical activity. The school was honored as a 2016 Let’s Move! Active School for its efforts in ensuring students receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. In addition, Gove hosts monthly wellness breakfasts, fundraising for health-related causes such as breast cancer and autism awareness, and fun fitness nights, allowing students and their families to enjoy physical activity together. Allamanda Elementary School also participates in the Commit 2B Fit program and was honored as a 2016 Let’s Move! Active School. As a health & wellness Magnet School of Excellence, Allamanda Elementary’s curriculum embraces the education of the whole child – mind and body. Daily classroom lessons, after school clubs, and parental involvement activities all include an emphasis on habits of health and fitness through exercise and diet.
For more information about the America’s Healthiest Schools program please visit https://www.healthiergeneration.org/healt hiestschools/.