The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently announced that all 8 of La Joya ISD’s Middle Schools, along with Enrique Camarena Elementary, have been added to the Healthier Generation’s annual list of America’s Healthiest Schools by achieving the 2018 National Healthy Schools Bronze Award.

Throughout the year, the campuses have made their schools a healthier place for students and staff; and this coming fall (during the America’s #HealthiestSchools campaign) will be seen by millions through local and national media outlets, such as USA Today, The Huffington Post, Woman’s Day, and many more.

This award was granted by Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, an evidence-based national initiative to create healthier school environments where children can thrive.

Healthier Generation recognizes schools that meet or exceed stringent standards set by its Healthy Schools Program 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.

The award demonstrates La Joya ISD’s commitment to fostering the health of its students and staff. Specifically, at Lorenzo de Zavala MS, Cesar Chavez MS, Dr. Javier Saenz MS, Memorial MS, Ann Richards MS, Irene Garcia MS, JD Salinas MS, Domingo Treviño Middle School, and Camarena Elementary.

Aside from home, school is the place where kids spend most of their time and having healthy schools is vital to preparing students for success, as studies show that healthy students perform better on tests, get better grades, attend school more often, and behave better in class.

By achieving the Bronze Award, for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff, La Joya ISD is yet again at the forefront of always looking out for the best interest of its students.