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St. Johnsbury school wins health recognition award

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - St. Johnsbury School's efforts to promote and expand physical activity programs have been recognized by the Vermont Health Department.

The school has received the Most Improved Vermont Department of Health School Wellness Award.

St. Johnsbury has an after-school swim and gym program for first- through eighth-graders. Up to 300 participants are expected by the end of the year.

The school also implemented a "Fitness Gram" that assesses students' health.

Twinfield Union School in Marshfield won a Gold wellness award, which will fund equipment such as skates and ski boots, and help move forward plans for a hiking and fitness trail bordering the woods.

The awards are given by the Health Department in partnership with the Agency of Education, New England Dairy and Food Council and the Vermont Health Education Initiative.

2013 School Wellness Award Winners:

Most Improved ($5,000) – St. Johnsbury School

Elementary School

Gold ($3,000) – Northwest Primary School (Rutland)

Silver ($2,000) – St. Albans City School

Bronze ($1,000) - JFK Elementary (Winooski)

Middle School

Gold ($3,000) – Edmunds Middle School (Burlington)

Silver ($2,000) – Coventry Village School

Bronze ($1,000) – Milton Herrick Ave. School (Milton)

High School

Gold ($3,000) – Twinfield Union School (Marshfield)

Silver ($2,000) – Burlington High School

Bronze ($1,000) – Montpelier High School

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