America's Healthiest Schools

What is the National Healthy Schools Award?

The National Healthy Schools Award is a prestigious achievement that celebrates your hard work in creating a healthier school!  Schools that receive this award meet best practice criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and outlined in the Healthy Schools Program Framework of Best Practice Criteria. Awards are granted at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Award winning schools are recognized as America's Healthiest Schools.

Awarded Schools Receive:

  • All awarded schools will be automatically entered to recieve a Target GiftCardTM valued up to $500 for their school. See "Target GiftCard Sweepstakes" section below for more information.
  • Inclusion in our annual list of America's Healthiest Schools, which is seen by millions nationwide each year through local and national media, including USA Today, The Huffington Post, Woman's Day, and more.
  • Certificate and Letters of commendation
  • Marketing materials, including large banner for your school (example)

Play VideoWATCH: Getting Recognized as one of America's Healthiest Schools

If your school is eligible (see "Who Can Apply for an Award?" section below), click the button below to start your Award Application. 


Click Here to Open the Award Application


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Who Can Apply?


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Why should my school apply to become one of America's Healthiest Schools


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How does the Alliance recognize and celebrate America's Healthiest Schools?


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Target GiftCard Sweepstakes


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Steps to Becoming one of America's Healthiest Schools


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Healthy Schools Award Criteria Explorer


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Application Timeline


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How to Apply


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How can my School District support my Application?


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Tips, Tools and Resources


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Award Reciprocity with USDA’s Healthier US School Challenge Award


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Application Review and Feedback for Schools and Districts


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Celebrate Past Award Winners


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