Congratulations to Sue Kelly and the MES Cafeteria Staff for Earning the Silver Award for the Healthier US School Challenge Program
Roane County Schools - Bowers Elementary, Cherokee Middle, Dyllis Springs Elementary, Harriman Middle, Kingston Elementary, Midway Elementary, Midway Middle, Midtown Elementary, Oliver Springs Middle, Rockwood Middle and Ridgeview Elementary joined an exclusive national group earning Silver Awards in the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) program.
The Healthier US School Challenge program recognizes schools that are creating healthy environments by promoting excellence in nutrition and physical activity. To qualify for the Silver award, formal applications were submitted and the schools met the basic criteria set forth. The HUSSC criteria reflect the recommendations of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Institute of Medicine published recommendations for foods that should be served in schools, outside of the organized school lunch meals. Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the criteria throughout their four year certification period.
The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) the initiative encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime. Schools such as Bowers Elementary, Cherokee Middle, Dyllis Springs Elementary, Harriman Middle, Kingston Elementary, Midway Elementary, Midway Middle, Midtown Elementary, Oliver Springs Middle, Rockwood Middle and Ridgeview Elementary work hard to make changes to their school nutrition environment in order to improve the quality of the foods served, provide students with nutrition education, physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
In the state of Tennessee there are only 40 other schools that are current, active HUSSC award recipients. There are four award levels including Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold of Distinction. Schools receive a monetary award, an award plaque, a banner to display in the school and the school is listed on the national Team Nutrition web site.
Recognition is due to the faculty and staff of each of these schools with special recognition to the School Nutrition staff for their efforts in achieving excellence in school meals served to students.