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Two Jefferson Public Schools Receive National Recognition For Healthy Schools

This year for the first time, two Jefferson Parish Public School System schools are being nationally recognized for their efforts to implement wellness programs and creating overall healthy school environments.

Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna and Bissonet Plaza Elementary School in Metairie were honored on June 13 by former President Bill Clinton, American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, M.D. and Alliance for a Healthier Generation CEO Ginny Ehrlich with the Bronze National Recognition Award at the annual Healthy Schools Program Forum held in Little Rock, Arkansas.  In the 2009 and 2010 school years, Bissonet and Thomas Jefferson won state awards for the same programs.

Louisiana ranks second highest in the prevalence of overweight and obese adults and children. Because one in three youth in our nation are either overweight or obese, the Healthy Schools Program provides resources and support to schools to make healthy lifestyle changes in the fight against obesity.

The Jefferson Parish Public School System has an active School Health and Advisory Council that manages the school system’s wellness policy.  Both schools received grants earlier this year to implement some of the changes outlined by each school’s wellness council.

Congratulations to Bissonet Plaza Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson High School.