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Healthier Generation Award

Be honored for your effort in creating an environment that addresses the essential health needs of students, staff, and families by earning a Healthier Generation Award. All award winners will be recognized as  America's Healthiest Schools.

Apply by April 29, 2022

What is the Healthier Generation Award?

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.

 

What topics are recognized in the Healthier Generation Award?

Schools can receive awards in each of the following topic areas:
  • Increasing Family & Community Engagement
    Presented by: Kohl’s
    Facilitating collaborations to meet student, family, and caregiver needs alongside student learning and development
  • Improving Nutrition & Food Access
    Promoting and increasing healthy eating and food access through school nutrition programs and nutrition education
  • Implementing Local School Wellness Policy
    Implementation of the district’s wellness policy
  • Bolstering Physical Education & Activity
    Opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to develop and sustain lifelong physical activity practices
  • Promoting Tobacco-Free Schools
    Implementation of the district tobacco-free policy
  • Strengthening Social-Emotional Health & Learning
    Presented by: Harmony SEL and Inspire Programs and Kaiser Permanente
    Supporting the social-emotional, mental, and behavioral health of students
  • Cultivating Staff Well-Being
    Presented by: Harmony SEL and Inspire Programs and Kaiser Permanente
    Helping staff build and maintain resilience through policies and practices that promote self-care, positive work culture, and healthy behaviors
  • Enriching Health Education
    Defined educational experiences for students to gain health literacy, make healthy decisions, and adopt health promoting behavior
  • Supporting School Health Services
    Providing services to address and prevent health concerns, health emergencies, and chronic health conditions

Why apply for a Healthier Generation Award?

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:

  • A spot on our annual list of America’s Healthiest Schools, seen by millions nationwide each year through local and national media, such as USA Today, The Huffington Post, Woman's Day, and more.
  • A digital promotion package including web graphics, social media messages, newsletter, and email templates that help you share your accomplishment with your school, district, and larger community.

What is the application timeline?

Schools may apply for the 2021-2022 Healthier Generation Award online between March 1, 2022 and April 29, 2022.

  • Application opens: March 1, 2022
  • Final due date: April 29, 2022
  • Award notifications sent to schools: Summer 2022
  • America’s Healthiest Schools Celebration: September 2022

Apply Early! All applications are due no later than April 29, 2022. Applications must be complete in order to be submitted for consideration.

Who can apply for a Healthier Generation Award?

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

Wells Middle School

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.

View past award winners:
Inside one of America's Healthiest Schools:

How to Apply for a Healthier Generation Award?

Our new, streamlined application makes it quick and easy for schools to apply for this exciting national honor. Apply by April 29, 2022.

1
Connect with Your Team in the Action Center

Find your school and invite others to join your team to determine your award eligibility.

2
Review the Healthier Generation Award Guide

Start gathering supporting materials in advance by collaborating with your team members.

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Submit Your Application

You’re ready to apply! To get started:

  1. Select your school from your Dashboard
  2. Click on the 2022 Award application

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.

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Get Help

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.

How can districts support their school’s application?

  • District team members can view each school's application at any time. To get started:
    1. Select the school from your District Overview page
    2. Click on the 2022 Award Application
    District team members can view the application in read-only mode. A district member can only edit the application if they are a team member connected to the school. Take a short virtual tour of the application to learn more!
  • Utilize the Healthier Generation Award Guide which outlines the evidence schools can collect in advance of completing the application. Pull together information that might support your school's application, for example, a survey that was distributed widely through each school. Collect the evidence in a common drive to share with your schools.
  • Get in touch with your Healthier Generation Program Manager or connect with our Member Engagement & Support Team. You can also set up a consultation with a Healthier Generation team member and your schools to walk through the application and get your questions answered.
  • Set up helpful calendar invites for your schools. These can include reminders of when the application is due and time to walk-through the application with schools in advance of submission to answer any questions.
Help and Support

Help and Support

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.

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