Advisors and Partners

The success of the HEAL program is fueled by partnerships with organizations, institutions, corporations and individuals committed to the health and wellness of Alabama’s children.

Key HEAL partners include:

  • Alabama Department of Public Health
  • Alabama State Department of Education

These partners recognize HEAL as a major component helping Alabama schools satisfy 7 out of 10 Federal wellness components CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

“Schools using HEAL have an advantage because multiple federal wellness components are being satisfied with one curriculum.”

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama and its charitable arm The Caring Foundation: “The HEAL impact can be seen in measurable outcomes. The program is performance-based and includes pre- and post- assessments for health, fitness, and nutrition. Over 70% of children significantly improved cardiovascular fitness. Every child reported improved healthy behaviors and demonstrated improved knowledge of nutrition and exercise as related to health management and disease prevention.”
  • UAB School of Medicine: “Our analysis strongly supports the concept that implementation of the HEAL program in schools improved both physical fitness and knowledge of healthy lifestyles in children. Such outcomes have the potential for imparting long-term health benefits such as risk reduction of obesity, diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease into adulthood.”
  • Faulkner University: “HEAL extends far beyond physical education and health-sciences pedagogy. If our students embrace the HEAL lifestyle, it will have immediate and life shaping implications.”
  • Samford University, Department of nutrition and Dietetics: “HEAL is providing an excellent community model from which post college degree students can learn. HEAL provides the Samford dietetics interns the experience needed to be qualified to sit for the national registered dietitian exam while completing a masters degree.”
  • Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (ASAHPERD): “Using the outstanding curriculum and resources provided by HEAL, high quality teachers have what they need to make a positive impact on the health of their students.”
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation: “Healthier Generation has collaborated with HEAL for 10 years. During this time we have worked together to provide equitable, evidence-based school health policies. We share their values for increasing healthy equity utilizing cross-sector collaboration.”
  • SHAPE AMERICA (Society of Health And Physical Educators): “The impact of HEAL reaches students at all educational levels: elementary school, middle school, high school, and college/ university. Teachers are enriched through the HEAL system and credited for advancing the HEAL movement. In addition to the professional passion teachers demonstrate with implementing HEAL, they also demonstrate improved personal health behaviors. Teacher enrichment is a priority within the HEAL process.”
  • Walker Area Community Foundation: “HEAL has been a huge success in Walker County. I give some of the credit for our rise from 67th to 58th in the Robert Wood Johnson – County Health Rankings to the addition of the HEAL programming in our city and county schools.”
  • Alabama Public Television: “The work that HEAL does for the children of our state cannot be understated. HEAL allows children of all walks of life to be successful regardless of physical condition or economic status. Through HEAL, children not only become physically healthier, they gain a sense of self-worth, self-confidence and the joy of accomplishment.”
  • Arthritis Foundation: “The HEAL program has methods and materials that support health management and disease preventive behavior for children and the adult population.”
  • Other collaborators and partners include 48 Alabama school systems including over 190 teachers