Sneakers and Spokes Award
AHA recognizes and rewards schools that excel in walk/bike to/at school activities with the AHA Sneakers and Spokes Award (formerly Wellness Star). Walking/biking to school helps children and adolescents reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Plus, research shows that active children learn better and have fewer discipline issues at school.
While AHA encourages schools to host Walk to School and Bike to School Day events, this award is reserved for schools with outstanding and ongoing walking and/or biking programs in which students are physically active getting to school on a regular basis. (AHA also considers “at school” programs for this award.)
- Schools are advised to review the application early in the school year and then complete the online application by March 28, 2018, 5 pm.
- Apply here
- Who can apply? Elementary, middle and high schools in Wake County may apply for the award. (school staff and/or parents)
- Deadline: March 28, 2018, 5 pm
- Winners Tour: tentatively May 9-10; AHA will visit winning schools to present banners
- Helpful Resources:
Past Award Winners
2017 Award Winners
2016 Award Winners
2015 School Award Winners
2014 Award Winners
Other AHA Recognition for Schools
NOTE: The Sneakers and Spokes Award is independent of the AHA Brains and Bodies Award. Schools may be awarded the Sneakers and Spokes Award even if they do not apply for the Brains and Bodies Award or if they do not win a Brains and Bodies Award.
Walk/Bike to School Planning Resources
The Safe Routes to School in Wake County Toolkit is an excellent resource for schools that want to start or grow their walking/biking to/at school programs. The Toolkit pulls together the best nationally available resources as well as local information and is divided into sections that make it easy to use.