Philadelphia typically doesn't fall on the list of cities with healthy students, but two schools in the city are trying to change that reality.
Overbrook Educational Center, in Overbrook, and Anne Frank Elementary School, in the Northeast, were honored today at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Forum by former president Bill Cinton.
The recipients were recognized from among 275 schools nationwide for their efforts to improve the health and well-being of their students.
“Even though these schools do not have abundant resources, their teachers and staff are dedicated to the health of their students," said Clinton in a statment.
"Every school in America should emulate these educators by making healthy eating and daily exercise a priority.”
The 2011 Healthy Schools Program Forum honors 275 schools from across the nation that have transformed their campuses into healthier places and met rigorous healthy school benchmarks.
“It takes this kind of collaboration between schools, their students and national partners to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.”
At the ceremony, OEC's principal Tamika Ruley and Anne Frank's principal, Ellen Cooper, accepted the awards.
Congratulations to both schools!