In 2011, The Cooper Institute® and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas joined forces to create the Healthy Zone School Program, to recognize and reward schools for their healthy practices. This program gives schools resources to engage teachers, students, parents, and the broader community in a joint effort to create a culture of health.

33% of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese

90% of Americans think schools should play a role in fighting obesity

The median budget for P.E. in schools is only $764 per year

The Healthy Zone program supports and rewards schools that promote healthy behaviors. The program provides over 177 schools with tools and resources to create a health-conscious culture and engage the surrounding community in a group effort to encourage habits for lifelong wellbeing. The program is open to elementary, middle and high schools and public, private, and charter schools in our service area.

Healthy Zone Schools engage the surrounding community in a group effort to encourage habits for lifelong wellbeing. Visit the Healthy Zone blog to learn how local schools are making a difference in their community.
Any school located in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, and Southern Denton counties are welcome to apply for up to $5,000 in funding for activity promotions and $1,000 in funding for physical education equipment. Learn more about the application process today!
The Healthy Zone site offers a variety of health information – from health, nutrition, physical activity, activity menus and much more. Visit the Healthy Zone resources page to access a variety of resources you can use to create a healthy environment for your school or family.

Local schools are making healthy choices in 2019

“At Vaughn Elementary, we had our Frisco ISD Nutrition Department come out to help our students and staff make healthy choices in the New Year. For our kinder and 1st grade students, they prepared a vegetable sample for students and teachers to taste while a dietitian spoke to them about nutrition and healthy eating. Our younger kiddos LOVED it and thought the vegetable sample was so yummy!”

- Jennifer James, Frisco ISD