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9 Missouri Schools Earn Extra Credit for Healthy Choices

This fall, nine Missouri schools made nutritional improvements that earned national recognition through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC).

The HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. (source)

Congratulations to HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Awardees:

From Webster Groves School District:
Avery Elementary School
Bristol Elementary School
Clark Elementary School
Computer School
Hudson Elementary School

From the School District of Clayton:
Glendridge Elementary School
Meramec Elementary School
Ralph M. Captain Elementary School

From Springfield R-12:
Harry S. Truman Elementary School

More than 6,500 schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia have received HUSSC awards, which recognize schools that:

· Improve the quality of the foods served
· Provide students with nutrition education, and
· Provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity (source)

In order to be awarded through the HUSSC, each school must meet the program’s criteria throughout a 4-year certification process. To learn how to apply for the HUSSC award, visit the HUSSC website.

Do you enjoy learning more about nutrition and meal planning in Missouri’s public schools? Be sure to read these posts on the MO Parent Blog:

Making Sure Missouri’s Kids Eat Breakfast
The Summer Food Service Program: Preventing Summertime Hunger

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