Highline Public Schools Honored by King County Board of Health

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The King County Board of Health poses with Chris Neal and Megan de Vries from Highline Public Schools.

Four Highline schools were the only ones in the state to reach the silver award level in the national U.S. School Challenge and have been recognized by the King County Board of Health.

The health board awarded certificates to Beverly Park, Madrona, Southern Heights, and White Center elementary schools and to nutrition services director Chris Neal and nutrition services manager Megan de Vries.

The School Challenge is a voluntary program recognizing schools that have created healthier environments by promoting nutrition and physical activity.

“The Board of Health has statistics showing people living in South King County have higher obesity and smoking rates and lower life expectancy than people in the rest of the region,” said King County Councilmember Julia Patterson. “These schools are creating opportunities for children to defy the troubling health data … and live better lives.”

“The Healthier US School Challenge encourages schools to help students make healthier food choices and promote more active lifestyles. These effects will last a lifetime,” said County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who chairs the Board of Health.

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