James Bowie Elementary School

We’re educating our students about living a healthy lifestyle even after they leave our school – eating vegetables, drinking more water – the habits that are going to be with them for the rest of their lives.” 

- Sharon Foster, Physical Education Teacher



District: Dallas Independent School District
Location: Dallas, Texas
Enrollment: 525 students
Joined Healthy Schools Program: 2010


Achieving the National Healthy Schools Gold Award might make some people sit back and revel in their success. But Physical Education Teacher Sharon Foster is not most people. After accepting the Gold Award on behalf of James Bowie Elementary School last year, not only did Sharon encourage her school to maintain the healthy changes she has championed for the past several years, but she also continued to take on new programs and initiatives to get her students and staff moving more. Her students participated in the Dallas Mayor’s MyFi Youth Fitness Initiative and in a 4-week pedometer challenge through UNICEF-Kid Power where students tracked their steps for 24 hours while providing food for families in need around the globe. “There is always more work to be done because every year we have new students coming in and we have to educate them,” she said. “Sustainability is one of the key components of any successful program.”

Learn more about Sharon’s success making James Bowie Elementary a healthier place.


Meet Sharon

Sharon Foster has been teaching physical education at James Bowie Elementary School for 18 years. For the past several years, she has also served as an Alliance Ambassador, using her voice to shape the national discourse on childhood obesity on behalf of the Alliance.