ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle’s Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School has been named to the 2018 list of “America’s Healthiest Schools. As one of 93 schools nationwide Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary received the second-highest level of recognition, the National Healthy Schools SILVER Award.

The list, published by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, identifies 461 of the nation’s healthiest schools based on the school’s ability to meet a rigorous set of criteria – including serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality health and physical education, and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.

Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary was one of the only two schools in the state of New Jersey to make the list this year. The other school “Beloved Community Charter School’ was from Jersey City. 

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“The most important investments we can make are those that support kids’ health and education,” said Brian Weaver, Chief Program Officer at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We applaud these 461 award-winning schools for finding creative ways to keep all kids active, eating healthy and engaged in learning while setting them on a path to lifelong health.” 

America’s Healthiest Schools are all participants in Healthier Generation’s landmark Healthy Schools Program—one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives—which has worked with more than 42,000 schools serving over 25 million students since 2006. 

“America’s Healthiest Schools all recognize that when we prioritize children’s health, we increase their chances of excelling in school and beyond,” said Monica Hobbs Vinluan, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has supported the Healthy Schools Program since its inception. “Every child—particularly those from low-income families or struggling communities—deserves to attend a school that is committed to both their overall health and academic success. That commitment will help all kids reach their full potential.” 

For a complete list of schools. Visit healthiestschools.org.

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