HEAL NH taking applications for school ‘ED’ies award

CONCORD – Healthy Eating Active Living New Hampshire it is taking applications from schools for the 2015 “ED”ies award.

Applications are due Friday, Jan. 9, and can be downloaded from the HEAL website at www.healnh.org.

For 22 years, the NH Excellence in Education Awards, also known as the “ED”ies, has recognized exemplary educators, volunteers, partnerships and schools from across New Hampshire. Thirty-seven teachers, administrators, volunteers, school board members and schools of excellence were presented with “ED”ies awards in 2014.

Five years ago, HEAL NH started its “ED”ies award program to recognize an outstanding school in New Hampshire that is creating a healthier environment for students and staff by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

Healthy eating criteria include requirements for strong nutritional standards for all foods and beverages sold or provided throughout the school day.

Active living criteria include requirements for quality physical education and opportunities for physical activity throughout the week, such as a “Safe Routes to School Program.”

Last year’s award winner was Amherst Street Elementary School, Nashua.

“Amherst Street Elementary School was selected not only because it met the HEAL criteria, but the school was also successful in engaging students, staff, parents and the entire community in their efforts to provide healthier choices at school,” HEAL NH Director Terry Johnson said.

The winning school will receive a $500 prize and recognition at the New Hampshire Excellence Awards (The “ED”ies) 20th annual dinner on Saturday, June 6.