16 Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools in Southern California Are Among the Healthiest Schools in America

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PASADENA, Calif., — Sixteen Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools in Southern California are among 328 schools recognized today as the Healthiest Schools in America by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, working to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.

Loma Vista Middle School in Riverside is a stand out as the only Thriving School in Southern California to receive “Gold,” the highest level of recognition.

Alvord Unified School District is very proud to be recognized and celebrated for having the Healthiest Schools in Southern California. Alvord has been very fortunate to partner with Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools Program to educate students, families and staff to eat healthier and to move more,” said Sid Salazar, Ed.D, Superintendent of Schools, Alvord Unified School District. “With Kaiser Permanente’s continued support, Alvord is committed to promoting health and wellness, which is vital to improving students’ academic success.”

The designated Healthiest Schools in America all meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education, and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.

Thriving-Schools-logo“Good health is a contributor to school performance, and we commend the Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools that earned this distinction” said Roberta Tinajero, community benefit health manager, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “We are proud of their commitment to helping students form healthy habits early in life. Through creative approaches, schools are developing a culture of wellness for students, staff, and families so that they eat better and maintain an active lifestyle.”

The 328 schools recognized as America’s Healthiest Schools represent 29 different states and the District of Columbia. California, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina and Texas have the highest number of healthiest schools represented.

“Healthy schools are better schools—it’s that simple,” says Howell Wechsler, Ed.D, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Research tells us students who attend healthy schools perform better academically, have better attendance and their behavior improves.”

Award-winning schools are serving as best-in-class examples of a nationwide movement to create healthier environments for kids. All recognized schools:

  • Meet or exceed updated federal nutrition standards for school meals, which include increased fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich items and meals lower in saturated fat
  • Offer school breakfast to their students every day
  • Meet or exceed snack and beverage requirements for the federal Smart Snacks in School standards
  • Implement district wellness policies and report progress annually
  • Provide students with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week and ensure activity throughout the school day

Kaiser Permanente Southern California Thriving Schools receiving Silver level recognition are:

  • Wells Middle School, Alvord Unified School District, Riverside, CA

Kaiser Permanente Southern California Thriving Schools receiving Bronze level recognition are:

  • Alvord Continuation High School, Alvord Unified School District (Riverside, CA)
  • Arizona Middle School, Alvord Unified School District (Riverside, CA)
  • McAuliffe Elementary, Alvord Unified School District (Riverside, CA)
  • Norte Vista High School, Alvord Unified School District (Riverside, CA)
  • Orrenmaa Elementary, Alvord Unified School District (Riverside, CA)
  • Promenade Elementary, Alvord Unified School District (Riverside, CA)
  • Twinhill Elementary, Alvord Unified School District (Riverside, CA)
  • Broad Ave. Elementary, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Fries Elementary, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Gulf Ave. Elementary, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Harry Bridges Span School, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Hawaiian Elementary, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Wilmington Park Elementary, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Young Oak Kim Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District

To view the complete list of America’s Healthiest Schools, and to find out how to join the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, visit www.healthiergeneration.org. Any school in the country can join at no cost.

Every school recognized is enrolled in the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program—one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives, which has reached more than 20 million students by working with nearly 35,000 schools. Schools are eligible for National Healthy Schools Awards at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level, based on the standards they achieve.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits, by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. Get involved at healthiergeneration.org.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 4.2 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information follow us on twitter; @KPSCALNews or go to: www.kp.org/share.