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School Health Achievers Recognized

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011


Newark, DE — Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS), in partnership with the Delaware School Board Association (DSBA), the Delaware Department of Education (DOE), the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL), the Delaware Division of Public Health, and the Delaware Association of School Administrators (DASA), is pleased to announce the 2010-2011 school year recipients of the Edith P. Vincent Healthy Schools Award for Nutrition and Physical Activity.

The award is named in honor of Edith P. Vincent, a life-long champion for children’s health in the State of Delaware. These awards are given annually to Delaware public schools that have demonstrated both interest and progress in enhancing student health via nutrition or physical education/physical activity initiatives. Awardees have improved the school health environment by making permanent policy changes, by adopting new practices, or both.

2010-2011 Edith P. Vincent Nutrition Award Winner

Milford Central Academy

Milford School District for “Eat Smart/Stay Healthy,” a program designed to help students make healthier decisions about food served during the school day. The school not only improved its nutritional offerings for students, it also provided educational support in the classroom and the cafeteria to encourage healthier selections at breakfast and lunch.

2010-2011 Edith P. Vincent Physical Activity Award Winners

Olive B. Loss Elementary School

Appoquinimink School District for “Catch the Wave to Good Health,” which ensures students get 150 minutes of physical activity before, during and after school using effective, “evidence-based” programs.

Milford Central Academy

Milford School District for “Get Up & Get Moving,” a program that educates participants about the benefits of physical activity and improved nutrition in an effort to instill life-long habits. Students are encouraged to develop their own fitness regimen under the guidance of Physical Education staff and to use their discretionary free time to work out.

Cedar Lane Elementary School

Appoquinimink School District for “Coordinated Approach to Child Health,” All students participate in at least 150 minutes of weekly physical activity through a variety of structured group activities offered in the classroom, the gym, the cafeteria and on the playground.

Kent County Community School

Capital School District for “Kent County Community School & Delaware Autism Program, Adapted Physical Activity.”  This program uses Special Olympics Delaware activities and “Yoga for Students with Disabilities” to offer children with physical limitations the opportunity to be active.

Richardson Park Elementary School

Red Clay Consolidated School District for "Students are ABLE," a comprehensive approach to encourage ability, maximize brain learning and provide a safe, nurturing environment. Year-round activities are included in the program, such as hip hop dance classes, a mileage walking club, and anti-bullying workshops.

The Edith P. Vincent Healthy Schools Award will be presented by representatives from all of the sponsoring agencies during the 2011 Delaware School Board Association annual meeting slated to take place in October. In addition to a certificate of achievement, each award winner will receive a banner and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented at the respective district board meetings. 

The Edith P. Vincent Healthy Schools Awards represent an effort on the part of the sponsoring agencies to continually recognize and support the work being done by schools to help make Delaware’s children the healthiest in the nation.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.