Healthivore Voting Contest Winners

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After 4 months of voting, the Healthivores Voting Contest has officially come to a close.  The votes poured in each day, leading to an ever-changing standing of our leader board.  On December 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. the game Nutritious is Delicious prevailed as the number one game.  The creators of the game, Emily and Brooklynn, worked hard and endlessly to secure 2,524 votes by the end of the competition. To play their game visit their page on the Green Ribbon Schools website.

To reward Emily and Brooklynn for their efforts, each student will be awarded a brand new laptop provided to them by our partner AMD Foundation.

As we move into 2013 our Healthivores Video Game Contest is in full swing, and that means there are more chances to win laptops for the students, teachers, and schools. The deadline to upload a fully completed video game is March 31, 2013.  To get started visit the Healthivores page on our website.  This is where you will find lesson plans and a toolkit which gives teachers a step by step guide to implementing the Healthivores Video Game Contest in their classroom.

Austin American Statesman – “Elementary School Recognized for Green Projects”

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The Austin American Statesman recognized Travis Elementary School in San Marcos for being a two time Green Ribbon Schools Award Winner.

The school was recognized for school projects by its Supernova Class, including a composting program, an after-school garden club and announcements featuring nutrition and sustainability tips.

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SXSW Eco 2012

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SXSW isn’t just for music lovers anymore.  With the brand quickly expanding into other markets there is something for everyone.  They have interactive, fashion, film, and two of our favorites eco and edu.

This year Green Ribbon Schools‘ executive director, Steve Amos was pleased to sit on a panel, “Kids and Sustainability in an Urban World” with some other very prestigious speakers including Former Austin Mayor Will Wynn, the National Science Teachers Association President Dr. Karen Ostlund, and Austin ISD Board of Trustees VP Vincent Torres.



Website Tip – Updating your Account

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Have you checked out the new Account sections of your GRS account? Login now at and locate the “Account” link in the upper right corner of the page. Here are some great reasons why you should login now and check it out:


  • Answer or edit your SECURITY QUESTIONS so that you can retrieve your username and reset your password easily, without needing to reach out to us and wait.
  • Change your password any time
  • Change your school/primary organization – should you move to a different school
  • Provide your phone number so you can get text reminders of contest deadlines and other important news
  • Update your email address

Be sure to login into the GRS website right now and look in the upper right corner for the “Account” link.  And as always if you have any questions reach out to us at our CONTACT page.

Video game integrates technology, healthy living

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Pflugerville High School students are carrying on the Austin reputation for quality high-tech innovation through the campus’s new Digital & Interactive Media class. The class began last year and focuses on designing video games – something of interest to many students – and is on its second year.

In only the first year of the program, three students won the high school category in a national video game contest. Jessica Page, Monica Moltz and Joel Barrow won the Healthivores™ Video Game Contest hosted by Green Ribbon Schools for their project, “Food Pyramid Expedition.” The organization partnered with the AMD Foundation to award Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)-powered laptops to the four national winners’ campuses and the students’ teacher.

“The students worked on this project in class for about five weeks; around 20 to 25 hours,” Raul Ochoa, PHS teacher said. “They worked through all the phases of the software development lifecycle: research & analysis, design, development, testing, implementation. They also documented their process and uploaded all the items required for the contest by Green Ribbon Schools to their website.”

Roughly 110 students at PHS competed in the contest as teams. Nearly 400 entries were submitted from 42 schools from across the United States and winners were selected by judges from the video game, technology, and health sectors.

“I was very proud of the students for working on the video game contest,” Ochoa said. “They put in a lot of hard work & effort. I feel that this was a great opportunity for students at PHS to integrate technology with healthy living. This was a great learning experience for our students and an excellent example of the great opportunities that are offered through our Career & Technical Education Programs here at PISD.”

The Healthivores™ video game contest was launched to help kids get smart about health. Students were guided through the process of designing their own video games to teach a health lesson to other students on topics ranging from nutrition and exercise to fighting cancer.

“The Healthivores™ contest was tailored to engage youth in STEM learning through game design while introducing them to the importance of healthy eating,” said Allyson Peerman, president of the AMD Foundation. “Not only do they learn STEM skills, they have a lot of fun in the process, two key objectives of the AMD Changing the Game initiative.”

Green Ribbon Schools developed the Healthivores™ campaign to address dangerous health problems in today’s youth, such as childhood obesity and diabetes. The contest engages students from all types and sizes of schools in learning about personal health (nutrition, exercise, disease prevention), while also developing each child’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills.

“The beauty of the Healthivore™ program is its ability to scale across schools and districts,” said Steve Amos, executive director of Green Ribbon Schools. “A small school in Maine has as much to gain as a large one in suburban Colorado.”

AMD Changing the Game, the signature education initiative of the AMD Foundation, is designed to take gaming beyond entertainment and inspire youth to learn critical education and life skills by equipping them to create digital games with social content. The program’s purpose is to promote the use of youth game development as a tool to inspire learning and improve STEM skills.