61 More Schools Win National Nutrition Award
OLYMPIA — June 18, 2012 — A total of 61 schools have joined the list of Washington schools winning awards for their efforts in improving nutrition in schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced recently.
The HealthierUS School Challenge is given to schools that:
- improve the nutritional quality of the foods served,
- provide students with nutrition education, and
- provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
Four levels of awards are given: bronze, silver, gold and gold of distinction, with increasingly stringent criteria for each level. Each award comes with a monetary prize: $500 for bronze; $1,000 for silver; $1,500 for gold; and $2,000 for gold of distinction. Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the criteria throughout their four-year certification period.
The 61 awarded schools, all of which won bronze awards, join the
21 Washington schools that won awards in December.
The HealthierUS School Challenge – a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service – is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Among other functions, it supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s
Let’s Move! campaign by helping schools raise healthy children.
To qualify for an award, each school must submit a formal application and meet basic criteria, such as:
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and be a Team Nutrition school;
- Offer reimbursable lunches consistent with the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans and meet US Department of Agriculture nutrition standards;
- Support the local wellness policy efforts of the school district; and
- Meet or exceed HealthierUS Challenge criteria established for:
- Average daily participation in the NSLP;
- Nutrition standards for meals and
competitive foods and beverages;
- Nutrition education; and
- Physical education and activity.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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