Monday, March 15, 2010

HealthierUS School Challenge

HealthierUS School ChallengeRecognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) was established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Four levels of superior performance are awarded: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold of Distinction.
How It Works To be certified as a HUSSC School, a school must:
be enrolled as a Team Nutrition School offer reimbursable lunches that demonstrate healthy menu planning practices and principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and that meet USDA nutrition standards provide nutrition education to students provide students with physical education and the opportunity for physical activity maintain an Average Daily Participation of school enrollment for reimbursable lunches adhere to guidelines established by FNS for foods served/sold in schools outside the National School Lunch Program.
Take the Challenge!
Step One: Review these HUSSC resources to assist you in completing your application:
Criteria for HUSSC Awards Criteria for Elementary Schools Criteria for Secondary Schools Comparison Criteria for All Schools
Fact Sheets for Healthier School Meals
Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance on Vegetables, Dry Beans and Peas
HealthierUS School Vision
Tips for States
Whole Grains Resource
Step Two: Convene a review panel.
Step Three: Complete and print the online application.
Step Four: Obtain the required signatures.
Step Five: Send the completed application to your state agency.
Award-winning schools are recognized with a framed certificate and award banner from USDA to showcase their achievement in the community. HUSSC schools also receive national recognition by being listed on the Team Nutrition Web site. Awards are certified for 4 years from the date of approval.

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