35 New Arizona Schools become HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winners!
USDA has recently announced the latest round of recipients of the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Awards, including thirty-five additional Arizona schools. With over 7500 HUSSC awardees nationally, this brings the total for Arizona to seventy-five! Ranging in difficulty from Bronze to Gold of Distinction, these schools have implemented policies and practices which promote great nutrition and physical activity as a backdrop for academic excellence. See all Arizona winners.
Four schools in Balsz Elementary School District are receiving Gold Awards after already achieving Silver Awards in 2012! Boothe-Fickett Math & Science Magnet School in Tucson received a Silver Award, joining three previous Bronze Award winners in TUSD. Becoming the district with the largest number of HUSSC awards, Chandler Unified School District received twenty-nine Bronze Awards. And finally, Julia Randall Elementary in Payson Elementary School District received the Silver Award. Congratulations to the School Wellness Teams who led these efforts, including Food Service Directors and Managers: Claude Chatelain in Balsz, Shirley Sokol and Camilla Loehrer in TUSD, Wes Delbridge and Patty Narducci in Chandler, and Tracy Frandsen and Christine Murphy in Payson! These champions worked hand in hand with administrators and PE teachers to create programs of excellence and document their efforts. They will have presentations made at their School Board meetings and in student body assemblies to celebrate their success.
As of August 30, 2014, the HealthierUS School Challenge has changed, now requiring NO documentation of meals, and focusing on criteria for Smarter Lunchrooms and Smart Snacks with the former criteria. Check out the new criteria and contact HealthierUS School Challenge Specialist at (602) 364-3177 for more information about how to receive recognition and monetary awards for your programs!