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Elementary Schools Score Silver Awards in the HealthierUS School Challenge
December 13, 2012
The Spring Hill School District is working to support and improve the health of its students and community, and recently received national recognition of all three of its elementary schools for their participation. As part of the part of the HealthierUS School Challenge, healthy items are featured on meal menus and physical education and activity emphasized. Recently, Prairie Creek Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary and Spring Hill Intermediate Schools earned silver-level awards and were recognized by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), Child Nutrition and Wellness.
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime. In the Spring Hill School District, changes have been made in order to (1) improve the quality of the foods served, (2) provide students with nutrition education, and (3) provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
As silver award winners, district elementary schools received a monetary incentive of $1,000 to be used toward health and wellness initiatives. In addition, Jill Ladd of KSDE’s Child Nutrition and Wellness visited the district recently to present an award plaque signed by a USDA official, a framed certificate from First Lady Michelle Obama, a banner to display in their school, a ceramic tray, aprons for school Nutrition Services staff members, and their name listed on the Team Nutrition Web site.
To qualify for an award, each school must submit a formal application and meet basic criteria set forth by the FNS. HealthierUS Schools must also have a local school wellness policy, as mandated by Congress. Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the criteria throughout their four-year certification period. In the Spring Hill School District, the HUSSC application process was led by Jayci Dalton, Director of Nutrition Services. At each school, the building principals, physical education teachers, the PTO president and others were involved in preparing the application.
For more information about the HealthierUS Schools Challenge, visit the USDA site.
Check out pictures of the school representatives accepting the awards in the district's Media Gallery!