The Healthy Zone School Recognition Program is a collaboration between United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and The Cooper Institute and we’re fortunate to have outstanding leadership from football great Troy Aikman and Dr. Kenneth Cooper as the program’s advisory council co-chairs.

Last September, five schools from the McKinney ISD were named to the program. Click here to read the story.

Healthy Zone Schools begins its third year this fall.

Evaluation of campuses for Healthy Zone or Healthy Zone in Training recognition revolves around how effectively those schools are addressing eight components of coordinated health: 1) health education; 2) healthy and safe school environment; 3) counseling and mental health services; 4) parent and community involvement; 5) staff wellness promotion; 6) health services; 7) physical education and  8) nutrition services.

Schools that are achieving outstanding results in all areas can apply for Healthy Zone recognition while schools seeking to improve some components can apply for Healthy Zone in Training status. Those schools receive support from CI to help them achieve their health goals and -- ideally -- to be promoted to the Healthy Zone School list.

 

In addition to CI’s expert support, Healthy Zone and Healthy Zone in Training schools also receive $1,500 in funding for Physical Education equipment and other PE, health or nutrition-related materials along with $1,500 for activity promotions.

Schools in North Texas are encouraged to apply for the recognition program. They can receive expertise, financial support and recognition for establishing healthy practices school-wide. The program is designed to bring about success for participating schools – all working toward the same healthy goal.

"We’ve seen incredible outcomes in the first two years of Healthy Zone Schools and it’s due in large part to United Way supporters who believe by working together we will tackle the issue of childhood obesity in North Texas," Chief Marketing Officer Regina Moldovan said in a recent newsletter. "Like all parents, I want to ensure my kids live long, healthy lives and experience and achieve all their hearts desire. Healthy Zone Schools supports that vision – and you can play a part."

Parents and students are urged to get their schools to download the helpful toolkit put together by the United Way of Dallas to make getting involved even easier. Applications for the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program are going on now through Jan. 25.

For more information, visit the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas at unitedwaydallas.org or the Healthy Zone School at healthyzoneschool.com.