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The Healthier Generation Award is a prestigious, annual distinction presented to schools that have demonstrated remarkable efforts to prioritize the essential health needs of students, staff, and families.
Schools that receive a Healthier Generation Award meet or exceed best practice standards in one or more topic areas related to the physical, mental, and social-emotional health of students, teachers, and school staff. Schools apply for recognition based on criteria in the Thriving Schools Integrated Assessment, an evidence-based tool that helps schools identify strengths and opportunities for improving policies and practices that promote health and learning.
All awardees will be featured in our national celebration of America's Healthiest Schools.
Earning a Healthier Generation Award indicates that your school is a leader in school health and wellness. Previous award winners have received a multitude of benefits, including:
Schools may apply for the 2021-2022 Healthier Generation Award online between March 1, 2022 and April 29, 2022.
Apply Early! All applications are due no later than April 29, 2022. Applications must be complete in order to be submitted for consideration.
U.S.- based Elementary, Middle, and High Schools are eligible to apply for the Healthier Generation Award. All practices and policies cited in a school’s award application must be fully in place across the entire school campus 30 days before the application submission deadline. This includes Local School Wellness policies that must be approved by the school board 30 days before the application submission deadline.
“I love my job. I love my students. And I want the best for them.”
– Alanna Kolonics, PE Teacher
To be eligible to apply for an award, schools must be "Fully in Place" on all criteria outlined in a single topic area in the Healthier Generation Award Eligibility Checklist. Schools can apply for a distinction in one or more of the following topic areas: Family and Community Engagement, Nutrition and Food Access, Local School Wellness Policy, Health Education, Physical Education and Activity, Social-Emotional Health, Staff Well-Being, Tobacco-Free Schools, and School Health Services.
Any school, regardless of previous awards achieved, can apply in the 2021-2022 award cycle.
Our new, streamlined application makes it quick and easy for schools to apply for this exciting national honor. Apply by April 29, 2022.
Find your school and invite others to join your team to determine your award eligibility.
Start gathering supporting materials in advance by collaborating with your team members.
You’re ready to apply! To get started:
Schools can work on the application at any time and save and return at any time before submitting the application. Take a short virtual tour of the application below.
Before submitting your application, please make sure all necessary documentation is included. There will be no re-submission period provided to clarify or provide additional documentation.
Our Member Engagement & Support Team is here to help! If you have questions about the evidence required in the application, or if you have technical questions about completing the Award Application, please contact our Member Engagement & Support Team.
You can also set up a consultation with a Healthier Generation team member to walk your school through the application and get your questions answered.
If you have questions about the evidence required in the application, or if you have technical questions about completing the Award Application, please contact our Member Engagement & Support Team.