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Kudos to Healthy Schools in Wake County

Bugg Elementary earned the AHA Brains and Bodies Award at the Bronze level for 2018.

AHA visited 16 schools across Wake County during the AHA Winners Tour May 10-11 to present the Brains and Bodies Awards and the Sneakers and Spokes Awards for the 2017-2018 school year.  Cathy Moore, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Achievement for Wake County Public Schools System (WCPSS), kicked off the tour with a video announcement via Twitter honoring each of the winning schools. View the list of winners.

“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.”

National Awards
Two of AHA’s award winning schools also earned national recognition and are among American’s Healthiest Schools for 2018, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Congratulations to Lead Mine Elementary in Raleigh, which was recognized at the Silver level, and Weatherstone Elementary in Cary, recognized at the Bronze level.

About AHA’s 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 school awards will be available in the fall.

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