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ABC40 Honor Roll – Local Schools Get Credit for Healthy Habits

 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –  The Alice Beal Elementary School and The Margaret Ells School received a bronze award in ” The Healthier U.S.” school challenge.

The schools were chosen out of over one thousand across the nation for their healthy habits. In fact, only six percent of those schools achieved “”The Healthier U.S.” status.

This challenge is a key component of First Lady Michele Obama’s “Lets Move” initiative to end childhood obesity. Both schools have added several programs including rowing and tennis and hope to expand next year. Both schools received five hundred dollars for their achievements.