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Four Normandy Schools Make the 2018 List of America’s Healthiest Schools

Four schools in the Normandy Schools Collaborative have been named to the 2018 list of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, receiving national recognition for their commitment to students’ health and well-being. As a part of the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) initiative, the Collaborative has worked to create a healthier future for Normandy’s children. These changes were supported by grant funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health and the hard work of students, school leadership, and staff.

    The four winning schools (and the school wellness champions) from the Collaborative are:

  • Normandy Kindergarten Center - Doretha Pearson
  • Jefferson Elementary - Arlene Williams
  • Lucas Crossing Elementary - LaRose Priest
  • Barack Obama Elementary - Rosemary Ursin

     The four Normandy schools are among 19 in Missouri to receive this recognition. A total of 461 schools nationwide were selected based on a rigorous set of criteria — from availability of nutritious foods to access to quality physical education opportunities — as part of Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program.

     “Our entire community — parents, teachers, students, and staff — has united around the importance of creating a healthy school,” said Benetta Ward, school wellness coordinator for the Normandy Schools Collaborative. “We’re honored to receive this recognition from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and remain committed to advancing our school health improvement efforts even further over the coming years.”

     (In October, each school will showcase its accomplishment with a special celebration of all things healthy. Details to come.)

     “To see that all 19 schools named America’s Healthiest Schools are part of the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative really demonstrates the power of school districts and community leaders working together to build a healthier future. I’m so proud of our schools and look forward to seeing more healthy changes in the years to come,” said Deidre Griffith, Program Director, Missouri Foundation for Health.

     All of America’s Healthiest Schools have earned National Healthy Schools Awards, a prestigious achievement that celebrates schools that meet or exceed expert-recommended standards set by Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program for serving healthy meals and snacks, getting students moving more throughout the day, offering high-quality health and physical education and empowering school leaders to be healthy role models.

“The Healthy Schools Programs has served over 42,000 schools. Each one recognizes the academic, social and behavioral benefits of prioritizing student health,” said Brian Weaver, Chief Program Officer at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We’re proud to recognize the exceptional efforts of the Normandy Schools Collaborative for serving as a best-in-class example of what it means to create healthier environments for both students and staff.”

Any school can join Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program at no-cost to access trainings, resources and technical assistance by visiting

To view the complete list of America's Healthiest Schools, visit



About Healthy Schools Healthy Communities

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) empowers communities to build a healthier future for children and families across Missouri. An initiative of Missouri Foundation for Health, HSHC brings together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and residents to increase access to healthy food and physical activity where our kids live, learn, and play. 

About Missouri Foundation for Health

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding. To learn more please visit 

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation believes every child deserves a healthy future. For more than a decade, Healthier Generation has been empowering kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. Driven by our passion that all young people deserve a chance to live healthier lives, our work has helped more than 28 million kids across the country. Make a difference at and join us on Facebook and Twitter