HealthierUS School Challenge
The USDA HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative for
schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. Schools are
recognized for creating healthier school environments through promotion of
nutrition and physical activity. In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama’s
Let’s Move! campaign incorporated HUSSC
to raise a healthier generation of kids. At that time, monetary incentive awards
became available for each HUSSC award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold
Award of Distinction. Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the
criteria throughout their four-year certification period.
OSPI Child Nutrition Services encourages you to apply for the HealthierUS School
Challenge! This is a great way to provide your students with healthy meals and
be recognized for the hard work you do.
OSPI is pleased to offer a series of webinars on the HealthierUS School Challenge. Each webinar will share information regarding the HUSSC application and tips to submit a successful application.
The following webinars and materials apply to the 2012-13 HUSSC criteria. New requirements will take effect on September 1, 2014.
Introduction to the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC)
Understanding the HUSSC Meal Criteria
Understanding the HUSSC Physical Education, Nutrition and Physical Activity Criteria
Understanding the HUSSC Fundraising Criteria, School Wellness Policy and “Other” Criteria
Completing a Winning HUSSC Application
The HUSSC includes multiple areas of school nutrition and wellness. The following resources provide additional information and supplemental materials to support those efforts.
New HUSSC Criteria
Team Nutrition Application Form
Competitive Food Calculator
Washington State HUSSC award winners!
To qualify for an award, each school submitted a formal application and met the
criteria set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.
The awards are based on how the schools:
- Improve the nutritional quality of the foods served.
- Provide students with nutrition education.