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TELL CITY - William Tell Elementary participated last spring in the Healthy Hoosier School Award and was awarded a silver level for creating a healthy school environment.
Indiana Action for Healthy Kids has named 92 elementary- , middle- and high-school recipients with the 2008-09 Healthy Hoosier Award - the most ever.
The award honors Indiana schools that promote good nutrition and physical activity to students so they are healthy and ready to learn. Now in its fifth year, the Healthy Hoosier Award is sponsored by the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Department of Education, Clarian Health and the Dairy and Nutrition Council Inc. of Indiana. The belief that schools can and must promote healthy eating, physical activity and physical education as part of the solution to the childhood obesity epidemic has created both opportunities and challenges for today's schools.
Supporting this belief has led a variety of stakeholders to become leaders in advocating for and implementing wellness initiatives. Because healthy children make better students, and capable, productive students make better communities, schools investing in a healthy environment ensures children equal access to education and greater opportunities for success. Indiana Action for Healthy Kids is a national nonprofit organization that addresses the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on improving nutrition and physical activity policies and practices in schools.