Henrique Vissotto, a foreign language teacher at Laurel High School, is among 21 educators nationwide selected as Healthy Schools Program Champions by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation.
Program champions held to motivate and lead students and staff, and serve as national representatives for the Healthy Schools Program
Laurel High students and staff have embraced new initiatives, such as more nutritional choices in the cafeteria and vending machines. Vegetables from the school garden are used in culinary arts classes where teachers show students and staff how to prepare healthier meals. The school has also implemented daily walks, Zumba classes and sports activities. In December, the school will launch a student-led health club, offer a healthy breakfast once a week and announce daily health tips.
Launched in 2006 with 231 schools, the Healthy Schools Program now supports more than 13,000 schools nationwide to help enhance physical activity and nutritional food offerings. Nearly 80 percent of participating schools have made measurable progress in creating a healthier school environment.