Carrollton Elementary wins SHAPE program gold medal

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Carrollton Elementary wins SHAPE program gold medal

Carrollton Elementary School has been selected as one of only 39 public schools in the state to earn the “gold medal” in Gov. Nathan Deal’s SHAPE Honor Roll program.

The Student Health and Physical Education Program, an initiative launched last spring, promotes healthy eating habits and physical activity in more than 2,400 Georgia public schools in an effort to combat the growing problem of childhood obesity and the health problems associated with it.

Carrollton Elementary was recognized for several initiatives that support SHAPE, including the school’s designation as a USDA Healthier US School Challenge Gold Level School, a federal initiative that also promotes healthy eating and physical activity; the school’s wellness committee; a student Nutrition Advisory Council, a group that participates in nutrition education and healthy cooking activities; Jump Rope for Heart, an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association; and a 5K race sponsored by the PTVO, to name a few.

Last April, First Lady Sandra Deal and Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Georgia Department of Community Health, visited CES to observe a school lunch period as well as a physical education class. They took their findings back to the state as part of their research in the development of SHAPE.

“All of these various things have continued to help us provide the students of Carrollton Elementary School with the healthiest meals and an active school environment,” said Anna Clifton, principal. She also noted the cooperation of her teachers and staff contributed greatly to the success of the initiative.

“You are being recognized as one of the top schools in the state for your success in The Governor’s SHAPE Honor Roll program and for your leadership in improving the health and fitness of Georgia’s children,” Gov. Deal wrote in a letter announcing the award. In addition to the 39 gold medal winners, 34 schools received silver awards and 39 others received bronze.

“Thanks to you and thousands of other school leaders in Georgia, there has been positive impact among students statewide,” he said.

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