Metro Schools Receive Award for Emphasis on Healthy Lifestyle

DES MOINES, Iowa  --  A healthy food menu and an emphasize on keeping students physically active has landed three metro schools with a national award.

The schools include Edmunds and King Elementary Schools and Smouse Opportunity School.

On Friday, Edmunds received the Bronze Award presented by the Iowa Department of Education and Power Panther. The award included a $500 cash prize, banner, and certificate to display at the school.

Edmunds' director of food nutrition management said healthy lifestyle choices begin at a young age.

"I think it's really important for students to begin the lifelong process of being healthy and sustaining that by making healthy choices in the lunch line and breakfast line and having physical activity throughout the day, so we're not all just sedentary throughout the day, but actually getting up and moving," said Amanda Miller. "And Edmunds does a great job in all those aspects."