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15 Hall schools named to Americas Healthiest Schools list
Evelyn Crow, 10, Fatima Castrejon, 10, Ella Kate Canaday, 10, and Emma Baker, 9, eat lunch in May at Riverbend Elementary School. Riverbend was one of 15 Hall County schools named to the “America’s Healthiest Schools” list released this week by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Hall County was well-represented on the “America’s Healthiest Schools” list released this week by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

While the national list includes 323 schools, Hall accounted for 15 of the 31 Georgia schools on the list.

The group awards gold, silver and bronze honors within the list. Three Hall elementary schools were silver honorees: McEver Arts Academy, Spout Springs School of Enrichment and White Sulphur Elementary School.

The other 12 schools from Hall were designated for bronze honors.

North Hall High School, North Hall Middle and Chestatee Academy were the only three Hall schools recognized that weren’t elementary schools.

The other Hall elementary schools honored were Sugar Hill, Chestnut Mountain, Chicopee Woods, Friendship, Lula, Oakwood, Riverbend, Sardis and the World Language Academy primary campus.

“Schools earned the distinction by successfully meeting a rigorous set of criteria 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,” according to an Alliance for a Healthier Generation press release.

All schools honored on the list take part in the group’s Healthy Schools Program, “one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives — which has worked with more than 35,000 schools serving over 20 million students since 2006.”

Almost half of the schools on the healthy schools list are in Georgia, Texas, California and Arizona.

Check back with The Times for more on this honor for these schools.

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