Keheley Elementary School Honored for Making Healthy Transformations

Keheley Elementary School Honored With Bronze Award From the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for Fighting Childhood Obesity

Keheley Elementary School announced today that The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, recognized Keheley for transforming its campus into a healthier place for students and staff.

Keheley received a Bronze Award for its level of achievement. Keheley is the first school in Cobb County to receive this award.

"Keheley is thrilled to have been recognized in this way," Principal Liz Jackson said. "The staff, students and parents at Keheley are excited to be a part of an alliance that encourages us to work together and support each other in making healthier choices."

"Keheley's Wellness Committee, led by PE Teacher Stephanie Lawson, Cafeteria Manager Renee Musselwhite and School Nurse Susan Headrick, have promoted exercise and making healthy food choices with staff, students and families," Jackson said. "For our students, we know that exercise and nutrition are directly related to academic performance. For all of us, food choices and exercise enhance our physical and mental health. We are proud of the gains individuals in our school community have made and we love celebrating our successes."

Keheley Elementary School was one of 267 schools from around the country honored at the Healthy Schools Program Forum at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. To earn the National Recognition Award Keheley Elementary School improved its nutrition services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program. The Healthy Schools Program provides professional development to schools such as onsite and virtual trainings with school health experts, access to a customer support center, science-based resources, and success stories--at no cost--to more than 18,000 schools nationwide to help them reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver, or Gold National Recognition Awards based on their level of achievement.

"We applaud the achievements of our 2013 honorees," said Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. "Their successful efforts to get students and staff eating better and moving more prove that schools are great environments to promote both health and academics."

"The Healthy Schools Program Forum was a fabulous celebration of progress that schools are making to help students, staff and families develop healthy habits," said Jackson, who attended the forum and accepted Keheley Elementary Bronze Award. "It was an honor to represent the Keheley staff and community. Keheley is the first Cobb school to receive this recognition.

To further strengthen the Healthy Schools Program, the Alliance brokers and implements voluntary agreements with industry leaders to provide schools better access to healthier foods, beverages, and physical activity. As a result of these agreements, more than 30 million students across the country have access to healthier school meals – including at least 14 million students who currently participate in the free and reduced lunch program. Additionally, the Alliance's landmark agreement with the American Beverage Association has contributed to a 90 percent reduction in calories from beverages shipped to schools between the 2004-2010 school years.

The Healthy Schools Program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To become a healthier place for students to learn and staff to work, any school in the United States can enroll and receive assistance and support at no cost. Find out more at HealthierGeneration.org.

First opened in 1986, and celebrating 25 years of excellence in 2012, Keheley Elementary School in northeast Cobb County currently has an enrollment of 471 students in preschool – fifth grade and has 66 educators and support personnel.|


Keheley Elementary School Principal Liz Jackson (left) with Georgia educators with other Georgians, Lee Ann Else and Debbie Satterfield.
Keheley Elementary School Principal Liz Jackson (left) with Georgia educators with other Georgians, Lee Ann Else and Debbie Satterfield.