Fayette school buildings win health award 6.18

Written by David Green.

Gorham Fayette High School and Franklin Elementary both earned Silver Awards through the Buckeye Best Healthy Schools Awards program.

Only one Fulton County school—Evergreen Elementary—earned the top Gold Award. Evergreen’s high school and middle school plus Delta’s middle school joined the Fayette buildings in winning Silver Awards.

Six other buildings earned the Bronze Award and three additional buildings were given recognition.

Awards are administered through the Healthy Ohio Program and presented locally through the Fulton County Health Department.

Gina Veres of the health department reports that research has found that unhealthy behaviors that lead to poor health outcomes are established in a person’s childhood and extend into adulthood. Research has also shown that health and learning are intertwined.

“Students who eat nutritious meals, get daily physical activity and attend school in a tobacco-free environment are better prepared to learn,” Veres said.

The award program recognizes that schools play an important role in the lives of children.

“School that convey the message of good health habits coupled with academic excellence will have a student population that is healthy and ready to learn each and every day,” she said.

To apply for the award, school districts complete a self-rating form that includes information about structured physical education classes and the frequency of classes, tracking the fitness of students outside of the school day, developing physical education programs for students with disabilities and tobacco policies.

Schools must also rates them in nutrition information, such as the frequency of fresh fruit, fried foods and whole grain products, and the contents of vending machines.

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