Kerr Honored in Washington D.C.
for Wellness Efforts
R.V. Kerr Elementary has transformed its campus into a healthier place and those efforts were recognized at an awards ceremony in the nation’s capitol.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, honored Kerr leadership and Julia Henry with the 2014 National Healthy Schools Bronze Award. Former President Bill Clinton helped make the presentation.
In 2013-14, the Kerr Kats stepped up efforts to be a healthy school by incorporating more exercise and healthy habits into their daily routine. Henry served as Kerr’s Committee Chair, implementing after-school Zumba classes for faculty and Movement Monday for the kids. As the name implied, the first day of the week started with a school-wide Jammin’ Minute program over the intercom. The one minute of exercise to upbeat music encouraged everyone to get the body moving and start the week with a health-conscious mindset.
A reduction in the sale of sugary beverages was another facet of Kerr’s plan to encourage good health.
“We applaud the achievements of our 2014 honorees,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “They are exemplary in their efforts to get students and staff eating better and moving more, and they prove that it is possible to build healthy school environments. We need thousands more schools across the country like R.V. Kerr Elementary -- schools that are fully committed to promoting health and wellness, which is vital to improving students’ academic performance.”
The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program was formed in response to the rapid increase in childhood obesity rates over the last three decades. To date, the Alliance has helped more than 24,000 schools increase quality physical activity, health education and healthy eating.
Congratulations to the Kerr Kats for living a healthy life. The benefits of good health far exceed any award -- although the national recognition is awesome!
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