America's Healthiest Schools: Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School
Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School was named one of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The school met stringent standards set by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models. Aside from home, kids spend most of their time at school, making schools important places to influence kids’ behavior and lifelong health habits. Research shows that healthy students learn better.
Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School starts the morning off right with physical activity to get students energized before entering the classroom. In the morning running club, both students and parents are moving early. By opening the running club to parents, the school is inspiring more students to join the fun by running alongside their healthy role models. Just after class begins, the school’s principal shares healthy tips during the morning announcements to keep students and staff motivated to make healthy choices. The school has added more sports to their afterschool program promoting fitness after school as well.
Students also are eating healthier foods at Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary. During recess, students can choose from water and healthy snacks. Popular snacks that students bring from home include fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods to keep them fueled throughout the day. Even when celebrating birthdays and holidays, the school is keeping their commitment to nutrition.
Staff are also doing their best to be healthy role models for their students. They start off each week with “Healthy Start Mondays,” offering healthy foods in the office for breakfast. Teachers have become more active and are living and modeling a healthy lifestyle for their students. With the help of Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School is staying motivated and reaching the school’s wellness goals.