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School hailed for healthy habits
Shiloh Point celebrates new track, national honor
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Shiloh Point Elementary last year received a visit from Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson through the NFL Play 60 Super School program. This year, the school has received national recognition for its healthy habits. - photo by FCN file photo

SOUTH FORSYTH — A south Forsyth school continues to earn accolades for its focus on healthy habits.

Shiloh Point Elementary last year received a visit from Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson through the NFL Play 60 Super School program.

The campaign encourages schools to promote at least 60 minutes of active play every day.

In the “Super Schools” contest, Shiloh Point was one of just 34 schools from across the country chosen based on successful health and fitness education endeavors to receive a visit from an NFL player and, more importantly, a grant to be used for additional fitness offerings. 

During his visit, Jackson presented the school with $10,000.

Recently, the school held a celebration to dedicate a new track, which was funded primarily through the NFL Play 60 grant.

Cate Hernandez, one of Shiloh Point’s physical education instructors, said the new track likely will get a lot of use. The school has a 100-Mile Club, which encourages students and staff to walk or run that distance outside of school each year.

“We have so many students who have signed up to join our 100-Mile Club, it’s really impressive,” Hernandez said. “We also work really hard to encourage students to make healthy food choices at home and at school.”

Besides the track dedication, Shiloh Point is also celebrating being chosen for a bronze award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a campaign that was begun by President Bill Clinton and the American Heart Association to encourage children to become healthier.

Hernandez will journey to Washington, D.C., this weekend to accept the recognition on behalf of the school, which was one of just 250 in the nation and 25 in Georgia to be recognized this year through the alliance.