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Healthy Schools Recognition Program Team Members are (left to right): Tracey, Paul, Rhonda Stikeleather, Jennifer Lindsay, Amy McCauley(Note: this text is taken from a news release by NC GLAXOSMITHKLINE Foundation)

Wilmington, NC – The 2014 North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Child Health Recognition nominees were recognized and award recipients announced at a ceremony today in Wilmington during the North Carolina Public Health Association’s (NCPHA) annual meeting.

The health departments in Catawba, Gaston and Robeson counties today received Local Health Department Recognition Awards in the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation’s 2014 Child Health Recognition Awards program for programs in communities and schools that promote healthy initiatives and combat obesity and teen pregnancy. The Local Health Department Recognition Award recognizes local health departments that have developed an innovative program that has produced measurable, sustainable outcomes.The three departments were commended for developing innovative programs that have produced measurable, sustainable outcomes. Highlights of their programs include:

Catawba County Public Health
Healthy Schools Recognition Program
Hickory, NC

As in many communities, childhood obesity is a significant problem in Catawba County. With nearly 33 percent of the county’s children ages 2-4 overweight or obese, childhood obesity has become a health priority. In 2011, the Health Department and a community coalition debuted the Healthy Schools Recognition Program to promote healthier environments by improving healthy nutrition and physical activity in Catawba County’s schools. The program promotes Wellness Councils at the schools, fruit and vegetables in school lunches, and policies for healthy snacks, concessions and fundraisers. Participating schools that reach certain goals receive banners proclaiming them a healthy school. In the first year, 16 schools participated and 10 achieved Healthy School recognition, impacting 5,987 students. By 2014, the program’s fourth year, 39 schools attained Healthy School recognition – including 86% of the schools in all three local public school systems. The program has inspired similar movements in day care centers and the business community, and is being used as a model program for other North Carolina counties.

About The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is an independent self-funding 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting activities that help meet the educational and health needs of today's society and future generations. Since its creation in 1986, the Foundation has granted over $61 million to support North Carolina projects and programs that emphasize the understanding and application of health, science and education at all academic and professional levels. Visit the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation at and follow it @ncgskfound.