Clinton honors schools for health programs

Posted August 6, 2008 12:52 p.m. EDT

— Former President Bill Clinton recognized 43 schools nationwide Wednesday, including three in eastern North Carolina, for improved health programs to reduce childhood obesity.

Clinton honored the schools for their success in the Healthy Schools Program, an initiative of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The alliance is a joint venture of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

About 8,000 schools participated in the Healthy Schools Program, which aimed to give students access to healthier foods, improve physical education, enhance nutritional education and establish wellness programs for teachers and staff.

Scotland Neck Primary School in Scotland Neck, Pittman Elementary School in Enfield and McIver Elementary School in Littleton were among the schools recognized by Clinton.