Local Schools

3 Area Schools Compete in HEAL Competition

This week, students from Mortimer Jordan High School, Bragg Middle School and North Jefferson Middle School competed against other teams across Jefferson and Walker Counties in the HEAL-icious Recipe Challenge.

Founded in 2002, HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) has a mission “to measurably improve the health of Alabama citizens and reverse the growing epidemic of obesity and chronic disease through evidence-based fitness, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle curricula delivered in schools.” HEAL serves 175 schools in Alabama.

Emily Cazola, teacher and sponsor of the Bragg Middle team, explained that “students competed in the classroom in groups or as individuals. They had to create or modify a receipe to create a healthy food snack.”

Photo courtesy of Emily Cazola

Cameron Cusimano placed 3rd for Bragg Middle with his presentation of an Oatmeal and Berries dish.

Jenna Huffstutler was the teacher/sponsor at North Jefferson Middle and Jackson Woodruff on her team placed 2nd overall for his Berry Yogurt Toast.

Photo courtesy of Jenna Huffstutler

Gryffen Cater and Emory Nichols competed with their Frozen Yogurt Pops, and Aubrey Madison and Madison Powell presented their Fruity Rice Cakes.

Anna Clay teaches and sponsors the Mortimer Jordan High School team and Brady Shipp and Scarlett Doss were the Grand Champions of the competition, taking home the prize for their Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Photo courtesy of Anna Clay

Reagan and Maggie Johnston competed with their Blueberry Protein Bars.

Kenady Scholl and Kaiden Lee presented their Black Bean Dip, and Rebecca Bohannon and Alli Kitchens presented their Healthy Chicken Salad.