Port Orange Elementary was named one of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Port Orange Elementary is the only school in Volusia County to receive this distinction for the 2017-18 school year and one of only 22 schools in Florida. Read-Pattillo Elementary, located in New Smyrna Beach, received the recognition during the previous school year.


   “We are excited that Port Orange Elementary has been recognized as one of America’s Healthiest Schools,” said Tennille Wallace, principal of Port Orange Elementary. “This recognition reaffirms our vision to serve the whole child as a community responsive organization where we learn, grow, and strive for excellence each day!”

      Every America’s Healthiest Schools award winner must meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks, offer breakfast daily, implement district wellness policies and update progress annually. They must also provide students with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week and ensure physical activity throughout the school day.

      Port Orange Elementary implemented a number of programs and challenges to achieve this distinction. They conducted a step challenge with its staff and achieved 13,000 steps per day, added a Mile Club and a Girls on the Run Club, and did a “Go Take a Hike” fundraiser to raise $12,000, which paid for a sun shade to protect the children at the PE court.

      Further, all K-5 classes had Nutrition classes through the University of Florida Extension

office. Port Orange Elementary’s PE teacher went to the Share the Wealth conference and became Zumba and Yoga certified. Their visual culture promoted healthy eating and a general healthy attitude, and, with the support of their PTA, added water bottle filling stations on two water fountains at the school.

      America’s Healthiest Schools earn the distinction by successfully meeting a rigorous set of criteria for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering

high-quality health and physical education, and empowering school leaders to be healthy role models.

      America’s Healthiest Schools are all participants in Healthier Generation’s landmark Healthy Schools Program—one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives—which has worked with more than 42,000 schools serving over 25 million students since 2006. To view the complete list of America’s Healthiest Schools visit HealthiestSchools.org.   

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