Marion, SC - MARION, SC (WMBF) – Two schools from Marion County District One have been recognized by The Alliance for a Healthier Generation for their efforts in fighting childhood obesity.
Easterling Primary and Marion Intermediate join 177 schools from across the country. To get recognition, the schools have to distinguish themselves with healthy eating and physical activity programs and policies that meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance's Healthy Schools Program.
The staff at Easterling Primary School adopted the principle that a healthy student is a better student and they created a school wellness council. The school added minutes to the time spent in physical education class and money was raised to purchase new playground equipment.
The cafeteria fryers at Easterling Primary were replaced with baking racks and the school received a USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant to add fruits and vegetables to the lunch.
Marion Intermediate School has a health improvement program committee that sponsors health activities throughout the school year. Activities include a salad club, a fitness challenge, afternoon aerobics and taste testing of healthy snacks. This year, the committee inventoried their food products to work towards alignment with the Alliance's Guidelines, as well as conducted a staff wellness survey.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address childhood obesity which is one of the nation's leading public health threats. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices.