Mayor Landrieu, City Health Department Recognize 12 Local Schools For Health, Wellness Practices, Announce $150K Grant For Fit NOLA
NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans Health Department joined the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA) yesterday to announce a $150,000 grant award to support the Health Department’s Fit NOLA initiative. Specifically, this funding will support the Fit NOLA School Designation Program, which recognizes participating public schools in New Orleans for their health and wellness practices. Based on national in-school wellness models, Fit NOLA awarded twelve local schools with either a platinum, gold, silver or bronze designation and will provide grant funding to help expand the schools’ nutritional and physical activity programming.
“I am honored that USCM and ABFHA selected our Fit NOLA Schools program for this award,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Obesity is a growing public health crisis in New Orleans—especially among children. We are working every day to create an environment that supports physical activity. This funding will help to further New Orleans’ position as a national leader in fighting obesity. A healthier New Orleans will lead the nation in economic growth, education, entrepreneurship, job creation and more.”
The $150,000 grant award came as a result of the City’s first place ranking in the USCM and ABFHA’s 2016 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards, which honors cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity. The Fit NOLA initiative was awarded the grant to advance the work of the Fit NOLA Schools Sector, which aims to connect school administrations and the students they serve to community resources that will improve or create the foundation necessary to cultivate healthy lifestyles. With additional funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s IMPACT grant, the Fit NOLA initiative will connect with fifty more schools this year.
“Mayors are at the forefront of addressing the most significant issues in our communities – and no issue is more important than the health and welfare of our children,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of US Conference of Mayors. “From a public health, economic and community viability perspective, we’ve got to do everything we can to make sure our kids understand how to eat healthy and stay active.”
"The American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America is proud to partner with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to support efforts to reduce and prevent childhood obesity nationwide,” said Susan Neely, president of the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA) Board of Directors and president and CEO of the American Beverage Association. “The winning programs showcase the creativity and innovation of America’s mayors as well as their dedication to the health and wellness of their communities. This partnership exemplifies how working together can help drive meaningful results, while having a real impact in America’s hometowns.”
The Fit NOLA School Designation Program was developed by the Fit NOLA Schools Sector, a group of individuals and organizations with a vested interest in the prevention of childhood obesity within schools. Each Fit NOLA School designee is making unique strides to improve the health of their entire school. Schools are scored on playtime, school vending and after school programming.
The following are the first twelve schools to receive a Fit NOLA School Designation:
Samuel J. Green Charter School
KIPP Believe College Prep
KIPP Believe Primary
KIPP Central City Primary
KIPP East Community Primary
Langston Hughes Academy
Edna Karr High School
McDonogh City Park Academy
Mildred Osborne Charter School
New Orleans Charter Science and Math
Warren Easton High School
Charlotte Parent, Director of the New Orleans Health Department, said, “These teachers and administrators work tirelessly to create a healthy environment for their students, and this award is a direct reflection of that. We are proud of the work being done around the city to help us reach our goal of becoming one of the nation’s healthiest cities by our 300th anniversary in 2018.”
Applications to enter into 2016 round of designations are now open.
For more information on Fit NOLA and the School Assessment program