Healthy Zone School Recognition Program® Application

The application for the 2017-2018 school year is now closed. Please check back in the fall to learn when the application will be open for the 2018-2019 school year.

Thank you for your interest in the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program®. This program is created to honor and assist schools that wish to improve the health of their environment. At this time, schools that have been accepted to the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program® are not eligible to reapply. If a school will be opening for the first time next school year, they are not eligible to apply for the program until the following school year. 

Healthy Zone School: These schools demonstrate a high level of commitment to the health of their students by promoting health, physical activity and nutrition inside and outside of the school. Schools selected for this honor will receive a Healthy Zone School™ flag, banner, signage for placement throughout their school. Healthy Zone Schools will be encouraged to mentor other schools in their communities about health and wellness.

Healthy Zone School - In Training: These schools work with The Cooper Institute® and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to help enhance healthy behaviors in their schools and communities. These schools will receive a Healthy Zone School™ flag, banner, signage for placement throughout their school, funding for physical education equipment, FitnessGram® license and webhosting, an iPad and funding for activity promotions. This three-year honor is valued in excess of $7000. In addition, these schools will be provided with training opportunities by the The Cooper Institute® and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. At the end of the school year, each Healthy Zone In- Training school will be invited to apply for promotion to become a Healthy Zone School

All levels (elementary, middle, high) and types (private, charter, public) of schools are encouraged to apply. Only individual schools will be honored; districts may not apply. Schools that have more than one campus location must complete separate applications for each campus.

Applying and Participating in the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program®


The application process consists of three sections and should be completed by a district employee such as a physical education teacher, health teacher or nurse. The school principal must verify the application to ensure the information is correct. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Schools will be judged based on their current health, physical activity, nutrition, and community involvement practices, as well as the school’s potential to establish an optimal health environment.

All schools selected for the program will be invited to an orientation that includes training, where they will be provided information and tips on creating a healthier school environment. Webinars will be offered to provide teachers with information about the program and health based resources. Teachers will also have access to the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program® project website to assist with implementing healthy activities.

Designations will last three years. Each school participating in this program will be asked to complete activities that promote health, physical activity and nutrition in their schools and/or communities throughout each year of their designation. Schools will be asked to communicate their experiences and practices with The Cooper Institute®.