Building a Healthy Mississippi

Healthy School Awards

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation’s Healthy School Awards recognizes and rewards public schools with health policies and programs that promote healthy eating, physical activity, staff wellness, tobacco-free lifestyles among students and staff, and parental and community involvement. The criteria for this award are based on state and national school health standards.

The goal of these awards is to motivate Mississippi schools as they create and maintain healthy school environments. Healthy schools help students achieve full academic potential and support them in developing lifelong healthy behaviors. The Healthy School Awards will assist school leaders in their efforts to make their schools, and ultimately our state, a healthier place to live.

Prestigious leaders from across Mississippi will review and score these applications. The Foundation will award up to four grants. One school will be designated as "The Healthiest School in Mississippi" and will be awarded a $50,000 grant. Three schools will be designated as "Healthy Schools" and each will receive a $25,000 grant. See the Selection and Awards sections for more information.