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Eleven Northern Kentucky Schools Recognized for Excellence in School Health

Monday, June 3, 2013

Many schools in Northern Kentucky are actively shaping the health and wellness of their students and staff. The Northern Kentucky Health Department supports these efforts through its school health initiatives. As a part of this, the Award of Excellence in School Health was developed to recognize and celebrate schools in Northern Kentucky that have policies, programs, and the infrastructure to support and promote school health.  
This year, 11 Northern Kentucky schools will be recognized with either a gold, silver or bronze level Award of Excellence in School Health. The schools will receive the award during the second annual coordinated school health symposium, “Healthy Schools, It Takes A Village,” at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Scott High School, 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road, Taylor Mill, Ky.

“The awards program is one way the Health Department can help motivate and empower schools to create a healthy environment for students, staff and faculty,” said Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “Presenting the awards at the coordinated school health symposium is a perfect opportunity to recognize the excellent work of these 11 schools among their peers. The conference provides educators, school administrators, parents, health/nutrition professionals and community leaders with an opportunity to network and share best practices, evidence-based programs, and policy-related tools to improve the school environment.”

To be eligible for the awards, schools completed a comprehensive application form that assessed the areas of physical activity and nutrition, staff wellness, and school environment that enhances emotional and mental health and student safety.
Schools could win awards at one of three levels: bronze, silver or gold, based on the number of points they earned towards the award criteria.

“The Awards of Excellence in School Health are designed to promote a progressive approach, meaning that a school receiving a bronze level award in the past must attain silver level status to get funding this time,” said Saddler. “Of the 11 schools to receive this year’s award, five showed improvement from the award level received in previous award cycles: Grant County High School in Dry Ridge (silver to gold), Longbranch Elementary in Union (bronze to silver), Sherman Elementary in Dry Ridge (silver to gold), Southgate Public School in Southgate (bronze to gold), and Walton-Verona Elementary in Verona (bronze to silver).”

Some innovative activities were noted by the reviewers of the award applications, such as:

Bronze level awards (one school)

Silver level awards (seven schools)

Gold level awards (three schools)

In recognition of their efforts to improve their school-health status, each school will receive gift certificates to support physical activity, nutrition and staff wellness and a plaque and banner to hang in the school.
For more information on coordinated school health in Northern Kentucky, please call the Health Department at 859.341.4264 or visit 

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