Here at HSC, we’ve been working with Chicago Public Schools and the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, to recognize Minority Health Month with a focus on the roles we can all play in ensuring that all students are able to succeed in school and live healthy lives. We kicked off the month with Heroes for Healthy Schools, a week-long series of events highlighting school-community partnerships and a few of the many amazing individuals making a difference for kids’ health in schools.
We are thrilled to see that President Obama is recognizing this month with a presidential proclamation that draws attention to the important role that school wellness -- and healthy school food in particular -- plays in addressing the health disparities that far too many children face.
President Obama writes: "By providing nutritious options and promoting healthy choices, we can reduce disparities among our youngest citizens and secure a safer, healthier future for all Americans."
You can see the full proclamation here [pdf].
To learn more about HSC’s recognition of Minority Health Month and to nominate your own hero for healthy schools, visit www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/heroes.