Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 19, 2012

Cumberland Schools reach platinum level in Healthier Schools Challenge


CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County schools have been recognized as a platinum level recipient in the 2012 Healthier Schools Challenge Award program.

The program is a partnership between the Tennessee School Boards Association and the Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Coordinated School Health. United Healthcare is the corporate underwriter providing funding the coordinated school health programs across the state.

"We are utterly impressed with the partnership of the TSBA and the state Department of Education Office of Coordinated School Health who have come together to teach our children the important connection between healthy behaviors and their academic success. To help advance this good work, we wholeheartedly support the Tennessee Healthier School's Challenge program and we commend those that have taken the time to help make a difference in the health and well-being of our children," said Scott A. Bowers, plan president with United Healthcare Community Plan.

The Healthier Schools Challenge is a voluntary, statewide initiative recognizing school systems for their participation in merging health with academics to create student success. There are 12 criteria and Cumberland County was among those that completed 11 of the criteria.

The 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.

There were 57 school systems in the state that completed at least 8 of the 12 criteria. None completed all 12.