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More Than 100 Healthy Schools Honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Date:8/7/2009

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, joined Dr. Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association and Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), at the Fourth Annual Healthy Schools Program Forum in New York to honor 114 schools from across the nation that are transforming into healthier places for students to learn and staff to work.

"As kids head back to school this fall, it is important to remember that healthy students are more likely to attend class, concentrate on their schoolwork, and perform better academically," President Clinton said. "I am pleased to recognize 114 outstanding schools that have succeeded in building healthy learning environments for students and staff. To date, the Alliance's Healthy Schools Program has helped give more than three million kids increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating, and we look forward to reaching even more in the year ahead."

Nearly one in three children and adolescents in the United States is obese or overweight. In response to the epidemic, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - a joint partnership of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation - established the Healthy Schools Program in 2006 to help schools develop and implement policies and practices to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity. The Healthy Schools Program is supported by funding from RWJF, which has committed $28 million to the program.

"I don't think there's a school in the nation that doesn't want to be a healthy school," said Lavizzo-Mourey. "But schools face budget challenges and competing priorities, and they sometimes don't know where or how to start. The Healthy Schools Program can help any school in the nation--even those with the
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