Miami Elementary School Earns Silver by Creating a Healthier Environment

North Miami Elementary School - Miami, FL

The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program helps schools improve access to healthier foods; increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day; enhance nutrition education; and establish staff wellness programs to build a healthier school environment. The Healthy Schools Program recognizes schools that succeed in addressing these areas at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold level. North Miami Elementary School in Miami, FL received the National Healthy Schools Silver Award in 2014.

The staff at North Miami Elementary School are doing everything they can to encourage habits for the school’s students, including adopting healthier behaviors themselves. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program has proved an invaluable resource to access tools and new ideas such as the JAMmin’ Minutes and Zumba activities. The school also participates in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and added raised-bed herb and vegetable gardens introducing students to a variety of healthy snacks throughout the year. Staff worked with the Parent Teacher Association and the Parent Outreach Center to increased awareness of healthy foods and habits, translating materials into Creole for the school’s large Haitian population. Staff members are also using pedometers to track their steps and taking advantage of the school’s exercise room to improve their fitness.