(10/24/12) - A Mid-Michigan school district has received national recognition for fighting childhood obesity.
Lunchtime inside Atherton Middle School is always a noisy time. But these kids have a good reason to be loud and proud.
Healthier lunches, increased physical activity and a stronger health curriculum are among the changes made in the Atherton School District. Those moves gained national recognition by the 'Alliance for a Healthier Generation'.
"I've noticed that they're a lot better and I feel healthier because I'm eating a lot more fruits and vegetables," said student Dylan Potter.
The Alliance was founded by former president Bill Clinton and the American Heart Association.
The three Atherton schools were among 250 nationwide honored for their healthy reforms.
"We've slowly but surely started making some changes in the programs here and we finally got to a certain level where we had all three schools in the districts certified," said Tim Hanifan, PE teacher.
"They've really embraced that aspect of starting earlier," said Susanne Carpenter, elementary principal.
School leaders say it was an adjustment at first, but healthier choices like these are second nature for students now.
"With the increased physical activity and better nutrition, they actually are more focused and disciplined that they normally have been," Hanifan said.
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