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Meriden Public Schools HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Awards:

 

Current Awards:

  • Casimir Pulaski Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)
  • Lincoln Middle School (Silver) (4/13 - 4/17)
  • Washington Middle School (Silver) (4/13 - 4/17)
  • Thomas Edison Middle School (Silver) (4/13 - 4/17)


    Pending Applications:

  • John Barry Elementary School
  • Roger Sherman Elementary School
  • Maloney High School
  • Platt High School

 

 

What is the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC)?

The HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary certification initiative that has recognized thousands of schools for their efforts in improving food and beverage offerings, teaching kids about nutritious food choices and being physically active, providing opportunities for physical activity, and having supportive school wellness policies.

Participation in the HealthierUS School Challenge is voluntary and certifies schools that meet specific criteria at four award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction.

Schools play an important role in helping to reduce childhood obesity. Kids who have healthy eating patterns and get regular physical activity are also more likely to perform better academically. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers the HealthierUS School Challenge to support the over 101,000 schools that participate in school meals programs in their efforts to promote nutritious food choices and physical activity. As of March 31, 2015,  7,051 schools have been certified in 50 states and in the District of Columbia. Of the total awards given; 4,751 are Bronze, 1,328 are Silver, 597 are Gold and 375 are Gold Awards of Distinction.

In Connecticut, there are currently 217 individual schools that have received a HUSSC award. Of those 217 HUSSC awards, 205 awards are Bronze and 12 are Silver. Proudly, Meriden Middle Schools has received 3 of the 12 Silver awards in CT!

Why Participate?

Participating schools can:

  • Get recognized nationally!
  • Build school spirit, cooperation, and proudly display the HealthierUS banner and plaque as a symbol of their school’s achievement.
  • Be a leader in efforts to end childhood obesity.
  • The HealthierUS School Challenge helps you form a school team and learn from what’s worked at other schools.

 

How is Meriden eligible to apply?

Schools are eligible to apply if they:

  • Participate in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Are a USDA Team Nutrition school.
  • Meet or exceed all HealthierUS School Challenge criteria for the desired award level relating to the following:
    • School Breakfast and Lunch Offerings
    • Foods Sold Outside of the School Meal Programs (such as in vending machines and à la carte)
    • Average Daily Participation for the SBP and NSLP (for Silver awards or higher)
    • Nutrition Education
    • Physical Education
    • Opportunities for Physical Activity
    • School Wellness Policies and Practices
    • A Menu of Other Criteria of Excellence from Which Schools Select

      For More information on the Healthier US Schools Challenge, please visit:

      http://www.fns.usda.gov/hussc/healthierus-school-challenge-application-materials