The recent designation of Anne Mason, Eastern, Northern and Garth elementary schools as GOLD recipients in the Healthier US Schools Challenge (HUSSC) sponsored by the Food and Nutrition Service of USDA puts those schools in very elite company. Less than 120 elementary schools across the country have achieved GOLD or SILVER status. The criteria, while not onerous, do require that the schools document that they offer meals that exceed the standards required for reimbursement through the National School Lunch Program; document that nutrition education is an integral part of the curriculum and, finally, show that physical activity is a part of the normal school day. Put another way, the HUSSC criteria recognize schools that are implementing the principle that education develops the mind and the body.
How does it work:
Schools must meet a basic set of criteria. To be certified, a school must:
*be an elementary school
*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 the opportunity for physical activity
*maintain an Average Daily Participation of 70 percent or higher of school enrollment for reimbursable lunches
*adhere to guidelines established by FNS for foods served/sold in schools outside the National School Lunch Program.
Congratulations to all the Scott County Schools that achieved this prestigious honor!