31 of 32 Missouri Schools Announced as “America’s Healthiest” Have Taken Part in MFH’s Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative


Contact: Courtney Stewart
Missouri Foundation for Health
(314) 345-5505

31 of 32 Missouri Schools Announced as “America’s Healthiest” Have Taken Part in MFH’s Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative
The total is up from 19 last year, and all but one awardee has participated in the Foundation’s work to address childhood obesity

ST. LOUIS, MO (September 17, 2019) – Yesterday, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation released its 2019 list of “America’s Healthiest Schools,” made up of 355 schools spanning 23 states. Thirty-two of those schools were in Missouri, and all but one has been a participant in Missouri Foundation for Health’s Healthy Schools Healthy Communities  initiative. The number of Missouri schools recognized this year is a substantial increase from the 19 that were given the distinction in 2018. Not only that, Gateway Michael Elementary School received the state’s first gold-level honor. Alliance for a Healthier Generation offers awards at the bronze, silver, or gold level, based on the number of best practices schools have implemented relating to children’s health. This news demonstrates the power of schools and communities working together toward a healthier tomorrow for Missouri children.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation evaluates schools based on their ability to serve healthier meals and snacks, get students moving more, offer high-quality health and physical education, and support staff wellness. All of America’s Healthiest Schools meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for meals and snacks; offer breakfast daily; incorporate physical activity before, during, or after the school day; implement district wellness policies and update progress annually; and involve parents and community members in decision-making.

Missouri consistently ranks as one of the heaviest states in the country, with 35 percent of adults obese and 31 percent of children either overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is a strong predictor of adult obesity; it increases risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, is estimated to decrease a person’s lifespan by an average of two-to-five years, and it leads to significant economic costs to the individual and the state.

In 2013 MFH created the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative to address childhood obesity through prevention efforts in targeted areas. HSHC brings together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and residents to identify and implement changes that increase access to healthy food and physical activity where kids live, learn, and play. From introducing healthier foods and more opportunities for physical activity in schools, to improving parks and sidewalks, to building new bike trails – communities are making changes to schools and local environments that are having a lasting impact.

“It’s quite gratifying to see our Healthy Schools Healthy Community schools receive national recognition,” said Robert Hughes, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “To have schools recognized who have already completed the initiative gives me even greater confidence that the legacy of this initiative will continue far beyond its conclusion next year.”

Visit HealthiestSchools.org to learn more about Alliance for a Healthier Generation and to see its full list of America’s Healthiest Schools.

Missouri School City Award Level
Ava Elementary School Ava Silver
Caruthersville Elementary School Caruthersvlle Bronze
Caruthersville Middle School Caruthersvlle Bronze
Eldon South Elementary Sch Eldon Bronze
Hickory Co R1 Elementary School Urbana Bronze
Callaway Hills Elementary School Holts Summit Bronze
Central Park Elementary School Monett Bronze
Monett Intermediate School Monett Bronze
Monett Elementary School Monett Silver
Monett Middle School Monett Silver
Monett High School*
*Not a participant in HSHC
Monett Bronze
Morgan Co South Elem School Versailles Bronze
Versailles Elementary School Versailles Bronze
Versailles Middle School Versailles Bronze
North Wood Elementary School Salem Bronze
Carr Lane VPA Middle School St. Louis Bronze
Gateway Math & Science Prep St. Louis Bronze
Hickey Elementary School St. Louis Bronze
Lyon Academy-Blow St. Louis Bronze
Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center St. Louis Bronze
Oak Hill Elementary School St. Louis Bronze
Washington Montessori Elementary School St. Louis Bronze
Woodward Elementary School St. Louis Bronze
Adams Elementary School St. Louis Silver
Gateway Math & Science Elementary School St. Louis Silver
Gateway Michael Elementary School St. Louis Gold
Weaubleau Elementary School Weaubleau Bronze
Weaubleau High School Weaubleau Bronze
Westran Elementary School Huntsville Bronze
Westran Middle School Clifton Hill Bronze
Willow Springs Elementary School Willow Springs Bronze
Willow Springs Middle School Willow Springs Bronze