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Brains and Bodies Award

brains and bodies award logoThe AHA Brains and Bodies Award recognizes schools in Wake County that are creating  a culture of wellness in an ongoing and sustainable way.

Through a partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, AHA uses elements of the Healthy Schools Program Framework for its Brains and Bodies Award. In late October 2018, the Alliance released an updated Framework of Best Practices, which includes some changes impacting AHA’s award. These tools help schools use the assessment/framework.

For AHA’s Brains and Bodies Award, we will disregard the following questions:

  • PO 2
  • PO 4 for middle and high school applicants
  • PO 5
  • PO 6
  • PA-5 (This is not required for AHA’s award for 2018/2019 school year, but it will be required for 2019/2020 school year.)
  • HP1
  • HPE 6 (AHA will disregard the criteria item that all PE teachers have physical activity monitoring devices, such as pedometers, heart rate monitors.)

Please answer those questions as appropriate for your school, but know that AHA will examine the assessment answers for the above questions and adjust award status accordingly for the Brains and Bodies Award. You will not be penalized for these questions.

Note that AHA’s award does not include any of the Nutrition Services questions.

Options to learn more:

Schools may begin their assessment at any time for this school year at any time and may update the assessment answers repeatedly until the deadline. Completing the assessment early in the school year and defining your Action Plan is recommended; this provides you with the best opportunity to change policies and practices during the school year in order to eligible for an award.

  • Who can apply? Elementary, middle and high schools in Wake County
  • Deadline: March 21, 2019, 5 pm
  • Winners Celebration: May 2019 (details TBD)
  • How to Apply:
    New applicants:
  1. Register/log in here, search for your school (or add it if needed) and add yourself as a “Team Member”
  2. Complete the assessment and add items to the Action Plan if prompted to do so. You may update your answers multiple times over the course of the school year. The application is final as of the deadline for consideration of AHA’s award.Previous applicants:
  • Log in here.
  • Choose “Schools” under Take Action tab. Search for your school.
  • Update your answers as there are new questions.

Award Winners

Brentwood Elementary earned the Gold level award again in 2018.

Other AHA Recognition for Schools

Brains and Bodies Workshops

AHA has held a number of workshops in the past to provide knowledge and resources to create a healthier school environment and enforce the local wellness policy at little or no cost. Workshops provide practical tools and solutions and a way for parents and educators to connect.
Utilize these resources from past workshops.

Less than 15% of school children walk or bike to school, but walking one mile to and from school each day is 2/3rds of the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership


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