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Dr. Vanessa Howerton, principal, Grandview Middle School (left), and Ginny Beisler, RN, school nurse, Catawba County Public Health, celebrate Grandview Middle School’s first year as a Healthy School.Catawba County Health Partners’ Eat Smart Move More Catawba County (ESMM) coalition has recognized 39 Healthy Schools through the 2014 Healthy Schools Recognition Program. Now in its fourth year, the Healthy Schools Recognition Program has helped support healthier school environments for more than 22,000 students in public and private schools across the county, including 86% of the schools in all three local public school systems

Schools recognized as Healthy Schools for 2014 are Balls Creek Elementary, Bandys High, Banoak Elementary, Blackburn Elementary, Bunker Hill High, Catawba Elementary, Challenger High, Claremont Elementary, Clyde Campbell Elementary, Discovery High, Fred T. Foard High, Grandview Middle, Hickory Career & Arts Magnet, Hickory High, Jenkins Elementary, Longview Elementary, Lyle Creek Elementary, Maiden Elementary, Maiden High, Maiden Middle, Montessori Sandy Ford, Mountain View Elementary, Newton-Conover High, Newton-Conover Middle, Northview Middle, Oakwood Elementary, Oxford Elementary, Sherrills Ford Elementary, Shuford Elementary, Snow Creek Elementary, South Newton Elementary, Southwest Elementary, St. Stephens Elementary, St. Stephens High, St. Stephens Lutheran, Startown Elementary, Thornton Elementary, Tuttle Elementary, and Viewmont Elementary.

Created by the ESMM coalition and implemented in partnership with Catawba County Public Health’s School Health nurses, the Healthy Schools Recognition Program encourages healthy nutrition and physical activity policies that help create healthier environments in schools. Public and private schools serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. Participating schools receive technical assistance throughout the year and are evaluated annually against the following criteria:

• Have a School Wellness Council in place that is committed to the health and well-being of the school population. This council should meet monthly and consist of school personnel and parents who act as positive role models.
• Offer fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables at least 3 times per week at lunch.
• Offer plain bottled water at lunch (or make available a water fountain or container of water).
• 100% of classrooms comply with the “Healthy Active Children” statute for 30 minutes of physical activity per day in K-8.
• Have in place and comply with a school policy for healthy fundraisers.
• Have in place and comply with a healthy school store policy.
• Have in place and enforce a school policy for healthy concessions.

For more information about the Healthy Schools Recognition Program, visit or call (828) 695-5800.

About Eat Smart Move More Catawba County (ESMM)
Eat Smart Move More Catawba County (ESMM) is a coalition of volunteers working to reduce obesity in Catawba County. Members represent the three Catawba County school systems, hospitals, physicians, public health, school nurses, businesses, child care centers, faith communities, universities, local government agencies, and childhood obesity prevention and treatment programs. ESMM is managed by Catawba County Health Partners.

About Catawba County Health Partners
Catawba County Health Partners fosters coalitions to address Catawba County’s health priorities through community-driven policy, systems and environmental change strategies. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Health Partners is dedicated to generating positive, sustainable impact on the health of our community. For more information, please visit