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National Healthy Schools Award

Every child deserves to attend a healthy school. Be honored for your hard work in creating a healthier school by earning a National Healthy Schools Award. All award winners are recognized as America's Healthiest Schools.

Schools that receive the National Healthy Schools Award meet or exceed stringent standards established in Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program Assessment, a version of the 2017 School Health Index from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Awarded schools receive Healthier Generation’s National Healthy Schools Award at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level, awarded annually based on the number of best-practices they have implemented relating to children’s health. Healthier Generation’s team of school health experts evaluate schools based on their ability to serve healthier meals and snacks, get students moving more, offer high-quality health and physical education, and support staff wellness.   

Healthier Generation annually publishes the list of “America’s Healthiest Schools” to recognize these award-winning school communities. Hundreds of local and national publications have featured previous award-winners including Woman’s Day, Parade Magazine, The Huffington Post, Cooking Light, USA Today, and more! 

View past award winners: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Inside one of America's Healthiest Schools:


The Application

Who is Eligible for the National Healthy Schools Award? 

U.S.-based Elementary, Middle, and High School wellness teams are eligible to apply for the National Healthy Schools 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 the district’s local wellness policies that must be approved by the school board 30-days before the application submission deadline.

Why Apply for a National Healthy Schools Award? 

Earning a National Healthy Schools Award indicates that your school is a leader in school health and wellness. Previous National Healthy Schools 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. 
  • Celebration materials – including a certificate, a large banner, and other materials to display at your school – so your staff, students and parents know about your hard work. 

The 2020 National Healthy Schools Award application is currently closed. Please check back in the Fall of 2020 for more information. In the meantime, start or update your Assessment and Action Plan by clicking here

If you have questions about using our online Assessment tool or the Award application, please contact our Member Engagement & Support Team.