This is the first time so many Kentucky schools have made the list in the same year and they are all first-time recipients, Healthy Schools Project Manager Jacy Wooley told Johnson.
The Healthy Schools Program, part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, presented these 12 Kentucky schools with the National Healthy Schools Award for “promoting the benefits of a healthy diet and physical activity to students and staff,” Johnson writes.
This nonprofit program is the nation’s most extensive effort to prevent childhood obesity in schools, with more than 30,000 schools participating in the program, according to its website.
Kentucky ranks eighth for childhood obesity, with 19.7 percent of its 10-to-17-year-olds obese, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Matt Robbins, assistant superintendent for Daviess County Public School District, told Johnson that this program is not just about changing habits, but also about creating a different culture.
“I think it sends the message out, because that’s the direct hint, that we care enough about you that we want to talk to you about these things and how to improve your life, your family’s life and your community’s life,” he said.