Georgia Shape Announces the 2016 Governor’s Shape Honor Roll Recipients

September 1, 2016

Georgia Shape is pleased to announce that 218 schools received the 2016 Governor’s Shape Honor Roll recognition for their outstanding work in building classroom-based student health programs.

Led by the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Georgia Department of Education (DOE), this annual honor roll recognition program celebrates elementary, middle and high schools for fostering a culture of wellness among staff, students and their surrounding communities.

This year, honor roll recipients were awarded at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. In total, 125 schools were awarded platinum level recognition, 14 school were awarded gold level recognition, 62 schools were awarded silver level recognition and 17 were awarded bronze level recognition. 

The awards program is open to Georgia’s K-12 schools, which are invited to submit an application detailing how their school conducts annual fitness assessments, coordinates daily physical activity sessions and provides ongoing wellness enrichment lessons. Together, these efforts reflect Georgia Shape’s goals to improve the state’s childhood aerobic capacity rates while fostering a healthier generation of youth.

The activities to earn recognition at any award level varies, ranging from schools implementing Power Up for 30, completing FITNESSGRAM assessments and enacting student-led wellness committees to regularly scheduling supervised fitness activities and completing a set amount of hours in physical education classes.

“This recognition has allowed us to see how administrators, teachers and staff members creatively work together to ensure student health remains a top priority throughout the school,” said Emily Anne Vall, Ph.D., Georgia Shape project manager. “This level of commitment and collaboration is admirable and a shining example of how a group of dedicated leaders can positively impact the health and well-being of Georgia’s youth.”

Back to school season is a perfect time for schools to build or strengthen their health and wellness efforts in hopes of earning a spot on next year’s Governor’s Shape Honor Roll. The next application period, along with the release of the criteria checklist, will begin in March 2017.

Visit www.GeorgiaShape.org to view the official 2016 Governor’s Honor Roll recipient list, learn how your school can incorporate wellness education into existing curriculum and view school grant opportunities. 

 

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