President Bill Clinton honored 267  schools that were recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for creating healthier environments on Monday at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Obesity is the No. 1 health threat among children, topping drug abuse and smoking.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works with more than 18,000 schools to fight childhood obesity. The organization reaches about 11.5 million kids a day with content that’s modeled from the American Heart Association’s science and research.

In his speech, Clinton congratulated the 250 school representatives on striving to help students eat better and get more physical activity. The recognized schools received a Bronze, Silver or Gold level based on their achievements.

Clinton said that despite running about 20 to 25 miles weekly for most of his adult life, he still had to have open-heart surgery in 2010. He stressed the importance of a healthy diet and exercise, saying, “You can’t diet your way out of good exercise, and you certainly can’t exercise without a good diet.”

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to fight childhood obesity. Learn more at  www.HealthierGeneration.org

 

Stories available for linking, quoting, excerpting, reprinting
Stories appearing on blog.heart.org under the "By American Heart Association News" byline are available for linking, quoting, excerpting and reprinting. Copyright is owned or held by the American Heart Association, Inc., and all rights are reserved. Permission is granted, at no cost and without need for further request, to link to, quote, excerpt or reprint from these stories in any medium as long as no text is altered and proper attribution is made to the American Heart Association. Additional conditions may apply to the use of these stories in printed materials.
American Heart Association additional conditions for linking, quoting, excerpting, reprinting stories in print media
  1. A credit line of American Heart Association News must be prominently placed on the page in which the American Heart Association materials appear.
  2. The American Heart Association logo and service marks may only be used if they appear on the materials requested.
  3. Stories reprinted may be edited for length, but no other deletions, alterations or other changes may be made without the prior written consent of the American Heart Association.
  4. Artwork labeled "American Heart Association" may be reprinted, but other artwork may not. For artwork permission questions, contact news@heart.org
  5. Stories reprinted may not be placed adjacent to any advertisement, photo, graphic or other content that could be considered inappropriate by the American Heart Association. For questions about whether content is inappropriate, contact news@heart.org.
  6. Stories may not be displayed in any way that gives the appearance that the American Heart Association endorses (implied or otherwise) or is affiliated with any product, service or company.