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County wins recognition for healthier schools

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:45 am

Lincoln County Schools Honored

Pictured are (from left) Scott Bowers, United Healthcare funding underwriter; Veronica King, Lincoln County School Board vice-chair; Carman Smith, Coordinated School Health supervisor; Dr. Rebecca Johns-Wommack, executive director, Coordinated School Health; and Sara Smith, state office of Coordinated School Health.

The Lincoln County School System has received the Platinum Level Award by the Tennessee School Board Association for completion of 11 of 12 criteria in the Healthier Schools Challenge.

Lincoln County was one of only 17 systems in the state to receive the Platinum Award.

The Healthier Schools Challenge was a voluntary, statewide initiative recognizing school systems for their participation in merging health with academics to create student success.

This initiative was designed to motivate school board members, school administrators, faculty, staff, parents and students to create healthier school environments, encourage adoption of healthy behaviors and promote the connection between health and academic success.

Along with the award comes a $5,000 prize to be used to continue to promote healthy behaviors.