Originally published Oct. 10, 2017 in the Houston Chronicle.
By Carissa D. Lamkahouan
Students and staff members at Red Bluff and Turner elementary schools in Pasadena ISD have been named amongst the healthiest in Texas, having earned bronze-level recognition from the nonprofit Alliance for a Healthier Generation as part of its 2017 list of America’s Healthiest Schools.
The alliance, established in 2005, considers best practices in schools, including the quality of food served, access to safe drinking water, staff health, physical education curriculum, after-school activities, parental involvement and how much recess children enjoy, said Jeannine Rios, a senior program manager in Texas for the organization.
At both Red Bluff and Turner, the physical education teachers have taken the lead, with the support of their administrators, to help children boost wellness at school and to educate the youngsters about appropriate exercise and nutrition.