Local Wellness Policy: Professional Development Event

ADE is pleased to welcome District Wellness Coordinator, Rachel Hurshman, for a special professional development event on Local Wellness Policies.  Please join us on March, 2015 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ.  You may register here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/LWPRegistration


Stanfield Elementary School achieves Arizona’s first and only Gold of Distinction HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award!

Stanfield Elementary School achieves Arizona’s first and only Gold of Distinction HealthierUS School Challenge Award! 

Principal Dr. Chris Lineberry arrived at Stanfield Elementary School District with a personal mission to pursue and achieve USDA’s prestigious HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) award for school excellence in nutrition and physical activity promotion.  Not only had he seen the academic rewards of including nutrition and physical activity in previous schools, but he had also personally benefitted from such healthy lifestyle changes after a serious life-changing event. Superintendent, Dr. Melissa Sadorf, was in complete agreement that going for USDA’s top honors, the “Gold of Distinction” HUSSC award, was the best strategy for Stanfield and students. 

Fortunately, Director of Dining Services, Verta Bedwell, Jessica Krug RD, and PE teacher, Yvette Hernandez were already working on the HUSSC application, and Stanfield was well on its way to meet all criteria.  They all worked diligently to achieve staff buy-in, excellent meals, strong nutrition policy, and exemplary physical education.  They provide 180 minutes per week of physical education for elementary students and 285 minutes per week in middle school, to qualify for Gold of Distinction honors! 

Presentation of the HUSSC plaque and banner will take place at their February 12th School Board meeting, followed in the spring by a school-wide celebration of their Gold of Distinction HealthierUS School Challenge Award!  The district will also receive $2000 as part of this 4 year award.  ADE congratulates Stanfield Elementary in attaining the top honors, leading the way as Arizona’s first! 

For information on how your school can achieve the new streamlined HUSSC: Smarter Lunchroom (HUSSC: SL) criteria, contact Gayle McCartney (602) 364-3177 and visit www.fns.usda.gov/hussc .