U. S. First Lady Michelle Obama has recently congratulated Nautilus Middle School as one of America’s healthier schools for having won the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition Award this past summer. In congratulating the school, Ms. Obama declared “Our strength as a nation and our ability to responsibly shape our future depends on tackling childhood obesity, and I am inspired by the work Nautilus Middle School is doing to help build a brighter tomorrow for our next generation.”
This national award is given to schools that promote physical activity for 60 minutes among students during their school day, every day of the school year. This activity has been an off-shoot of The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program adopted by Nautilus, which encourages healthier schools to make certain health changes. It is a journey where schools continuously take a status check, work on making improvements, learn from successes and challenges, and keep monitoring progress. By a school repeating this cycle each year, it becomes embedded in the culture of the school facilitating healthy initiatives to take place.
The Program has encouraged Nautilus Middle School to create and sustain a healthy environment where their students adopt a physical education regimen, learn about health education, and develop healthy nutrition habits by providing students healthy options in their breakfast and lunch menus.