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JPPSS Educator Honored As Healthy Schools Program Champion

Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) teacher Sheliah DiJohn has been named a Healthy Schools Program Champion by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

DiJohn, a health teacher and wellness advisor at Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary, was recognized for her ability to motivate others to make sustainable healthy choices in her school community. She will be presented with the award on Wednesday, December 19 at 8:40 a.m. on the Hazel Park school campus.

“We congratulate Ms. DiJohn on this well-deserved recognition, and for her dedication to the health and wellness of her students and fellow staff members,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “We know that good health is a critical component to improving academic performance in the classroom. Through her efforts, Ms. DiJohn is building a healthy school culture that will benefit all members of the Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff community.”

DiJohn’s work has centered on building partnerships with the community to help achieve health and wellness goals at Hazel Park. Recently, she led efforts to bring faculty to a summer retreat at Xavier University’s Wellness Center to raise awareness of free health services. She has also organized youth wellness rallies and other staff events throughout the school year to promote the school’s commitment to a healthy environment. In September 2012, Hazel Park was recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as a Healthy Schools Award Winner at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation was founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. The program supports more than 14,000 schools across the country. Nearly 80 percent of schools participating in the Healthy Schools Program have made measurable progress towards creating a healthier school environment.