New Hampshire schools take the Healthier US School Challenge (5/1/13)

CONCORD, NH (May 1, 2013) – Red, orange, dark green...it's not just the kids that are learning about colors in New Hampshire schools these days. School administrators and food service directors are learning about the value of serving red, orange and dark green vegetables, low fat milk, and promoting exercise in schools to help achieve health and academic success for their students in a series of Healthier US School Challenge training workshops in Concord.

In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let's Move!, incorporating the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. Last year, the USDA released updated criteria for the Healthier US School Challenge to encourage schools to exceed new school meal nutrition standards and promote more opportunities for nutritious food choices, physical activity, and a culture of wellness. To date, 27 schools in New Hampshire have received HUSSC awards, with three schools in the Nashua School District receiving silver awards. For complete list, go to: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/NewHampshire.html

The Healthier US School Challenge is a voluntary program that has opportunities for schools to participate at various levels for recognition and monetary awards. Criteria include healthier standards for school breakfast and lunch offerings and foods sold outside of the school meal programs (such as in vending machines and à la carte), nutrition education, physical education, and school wellness policies. Partnerships with local chefs and farm to school initiatives are also part of the program, extending the reach of the program's effects well into the community.

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