Win for Your School

If there is one thing I would love for schools to take away from this, it's that you can't look at it as one more thing to do. Embrace it and look at it as a way to give true, real-life meaning to the skills that you're teaching.

- Dana Penick, Principal, Myrtle Beach Intermediate

Meet Our Winners

Students at Barry Elementary School – the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013-2014 Find Your Balance Challenge – demonstrate Energy Out by modeling ways to stay active and healthy at their celebratory assembly.
Fifth grade students in Sara Williams’ class describe their winning Energy Balance initiative to the rest of the school.
Sara Williams, the teacher who spearheaded Barry Elementary’s Find Your Balance Challenge entry, Principal Kari Lemke, and the school’s fifth grade students pose with the $30,000 Grand Prize grant that they received!
Barry Elementary fifth graders proudly display proof that hard work pays off, while holding their Grand Prize for the Find Your Balance Challenge!
Maryvale Primary School celebrates winning a Grand Prize in the 2013-2014 Healthy Playground Makeover Sweeptstakes! Pictured is Bob Brandon from Senator Kennedy's office, Craig Meyers, Maryvale BOE member-elect, Susan Meyers from Maryvale Playground Committee, Ms. Magairs, Kindergarten teacher, Mr. D'Angelo, Principal, Mrs. Cesar, parent and winning entrant, Mary Holtz, Town Supervisor, and Susan Ralston, Sr Advisor, HWCF.
Students celebrate at Piedmont Elementary School in Piedmont, Alabama when they get the news they are Grand Prize winners in the 2013-2014 Healthy Playground Makeovers Sweepstakes.
Students celebrate at Piedmont Elementary School in Piedmont, Alabama when they get the news they are Grand Prize winners in the 2013-2014 Healthy Playground Makeovers Sweepstakes. Joining the students in the fun is Becky Johnson, Vice President Operations at the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Students celebrate at Piedmont Elementary School in Piedmont, Alabama when they get the news they are Grand Prize winners in the 2013-2014 Healthy Playground Makeovers Sweepstakes.
Preschoolers at Just Like Grandma’s Childcare & Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio get outside and get moving. They are the 2013 – 2014 grand prize winners of our “Smart from the Start Awards,” earning a $20,000 grant for their energy balance action plan.
The 1st ever grand prize winners of “Smart from the Start Awards” gather to capture the moment. Pictured with the school children receiving the $20,000 grant are members of the teaching staff and Director/Founder of the school and winning entrant, Keiana Davis(center). Also pictured, Julia Sabin(left), VP of Industry & Government Affairs from The J.M. Smucker Company and member of HWCF and Becky Johnson(right), VP Operations for HWCF. 
A happy preschoolers at Just Like Grandma’s Childcare & Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio. The school is the 2013 – 2014 grand prize winner of our “Smart from the Start Awards,” earning a $20,000 grant for their energy balance action plan.
Pre-K children get moving outside at Just Like Grandma’s Childcare & Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio. The school is the 2013 – 2014 grand prize winner of our “Smart from the Start Awards,” earning a $20,000 grant for their energy balance action plan.
High five! WE WON!! Preschoolers celebrate at Just Like Grandma’s Childcare & Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio. The school is the 2013 – 2014 grand prize winner of our “Smart from the Start Awards,” earning a $20,000 grant for their energy balance action plan.
Velasco Elementary School in Freeport, TX celebrated winning the Gold Award in the HealthierUS Schools Incentives Sweepstakes with a school assembly that included an Energy Balance 101 quiz game!
The students at Velasco Elementary School are excited for their new playground that the grant award from the HealthierUS Schools Incentives Sweepstakes will help fund.
The Velasco Elementary School PTA President and Superintendent as well as the Freeport Mayor and other city officials joined the celebratory assembly to congratulate Velasco Elementary School’s Gold Award.
New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft surprised William E. Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, MA with the news that he would be matching the Find Your Balance Challenge’s $30,000 Grand Prize!
Rainy weather didn’t stop the students at William E. Russell Elementary School from having fun and being active at their Ultimate Energy Balance Party!

Energy Balance in Action

Find inspiration from these schools who have developed creative plans to address some of their school's unique energy balance challenges, resulting in positive changes to their wellness programs.