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Congratulations to 2018 Healthy School Award Winners!

(from left) AHA Board of Directors Chair Sarah Martin, WCPSS Deputy Supt. Cathy Moore and AHA Director Sara Merz. Winning schools receive these banners to display at school!

AHA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Healthy School Awards! AHA will visit each of the winning schools during the Winners Tour May 10-11, 2018 and celebrate their success! Thanks to Cathy Moore, Deputy Supt. for Academic Instruction at Wake County Public Schools, for announcing winners this morning on Twitter and supporting these schools!

Brains and Bodies Award Winners


  • Brentwood Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Davis Dr. Elementary (Cary)
  • Hunter Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Laurel Park Elementary (Cary)
  • Powell Elementary (Raleigh


  • Farmington Woods Elementary (Cary)
  • Lead Mine Elementary (Raleigh)


  • Bugg Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Olive Chapel Elementary (Apex)
  • Penny Rd. Elementary (Cary)
  • River Bend Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Swift Creek Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Weatherstone Elementary (Cary).

Sneakers and Spokes Award Winners

  • Davis Dr. Elementary (Cary)
  • Hilburn Academy (Raleigh)
  • Laurel Park Elementary (Cary)
  • Lead Mine Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Lincoln Heights Elementary (Fuquay-Varina)
  • Northwoods Elementary (Cary)
  • Olive Chapel Elementary (Apex)

“All the schools that earned awards have policies and practices in place that support healthy environments and behaviors at school for students and staff, and Brains and Bodies Awards winners are meeting nationally recognized best practices,” said AHA Director Sara Merz.

“Congratulations to the staff, students and parents who have worked hard to win these awards. I couldn’t be more proud of all the AHA award winners county-wide,” Moore said. “These schools are meeting best practices for school wellness, and we’re so pleased that AHA is recognizing them for this achievement.”

About the Awards

AHA created the Brains and Bodies Award program to celebrate and recognize schools that are creating a sustainable culture of school wellness. The application process itself is educational, providing schools with information and a wide array of resources and best practices to model. AHA’s award is based on three modules of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation “Healthy Schools Program” assessment, which features evidence-based criteria.

AHA’s Sneakers and Spokes Award recognizes active transportation to school because kids need at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity. Students who are walking or biking to school get the benefit of regular exercise and arriving at school alert and ready to learn.

Information about the 2018/2019 awards will be available in August.

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