America’s Healthiest Schools recognition

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – South Central Kentucky’s public education system is aiming high.

This year, 21 schools in Kentucky received national recognition from non-profit Alliance For A Healthier Generation and among those are Bowling Green Independent and Barren County School District.

Talking to Dalla Emerson, Director of Food Service Operations for BGISD, she said “our goal actually is to get all our schools on the list and we are working diligently with it. We have different conversations about nutrition and how we are incorporating our nutrition programs with the education in the classroom.”
Delvagus Jackson, the principal of Parker Bennett Curry bragged on his staff saying “It starts with having people here who care for the kids and love the kids and so I take pride in that our staff goes above and beyond every day.” Emerson said many things go into the award, but at Parker Bennett, they do their best to tend tostudents’ emotional well-being, teach how to process your emotions and talk about socioeconomic issues.

And over at Barren County School District, 8 of their schools made the list this year, and CheyAnne Fant, Director of Nutrition Services and After School Programs told News 40 “when we think
about health and wellness, a lot of times we think about eating and our physical activity but we  know our wellness is more than that. and we have initiated health and wellness programs for our students and our staff.” After school, they offer a host of programs to promote wellness among students and staff, some of which includes yoga.

406 individual schools across the country made the list this year so if you want to check out more, you can head to