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PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh Brashear earned the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2016 National Healthy Schools Bronze Award for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff.

Through a school-health partnership between Pittsburgh Public Schools and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, this award was granted to Pittsburgh Brashear by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, an evidence-based national initiative to reduce the prevalence of childhood weight problems through the implementation of healthy changes within the school environment. The Alliance recognizes schools that succeed in meeting evidence-based standards for school health.

“This award demonstrates our school’s commitment to promoting the health of our students and staff”, said Megan Perfetti, a Pittsburgh Brashear health educator and the district’s lead for health and physical education. “Our school has implemented an elective-based physical education model where students choose the classes they would like to participate. We also started a class where youth who have special needs are partnered with more physically-abled kids to increase physical activity. Before and after-school activities and fundraising are now aligned with healthy standards, and school staff are also on-board with following healthy eating guidelines and taking advantage of opportunities to be physically active both before and after the school day.”

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