Recognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity
Congratulations to our USDA Healthier US Schools Challenge Winners for 2016! Kudos to all EMCSD school site principals, faculty and staff members! (Historically, in 2010-2011, all of our schools won the Silver and visited the White House.) Now, we have 9 Gold Schools!
These are site-based, national recognition awards for excellence in physical education, nutrition, and health education. Awards were given to the following EMCSD schools:
Cherrylee School (Silver)
Cleminson School (Gold)
Gidley School (Gold)
Rio Hondo School (Silver)
Rio Vista School (Gold)
Shirpser School (Gold)
Wilkerson School (Gold)
Durfee-Thompson School (Gold)
LeGore School (Gold)
New Lexington School (Gold)
Potrero School (Gold)
Wright School (Silver)
The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let’s Move!, incorporating HUSSC: SL into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. At that time, monetary incentive awards became available for each HUSSC:SL award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction.
To date, HUSSC: SL awards have been given to schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of June 27, 2016, there are 5,100 schools certified (3,564 Bronze, 1,016 Silver, 320 Gold, and 200 Gold Award of Distinction).
Great work, everyone! This was truly a team effort across the district!