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.
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.
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.
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
Nutrition Education Resources from USDA
Washington State Dairy Council Nutrition Education Materials
School Nutrition Association “Bridges to Wellness”
Physical Education / Activity and
Afterschool Program Ideas
NASA Physical Education Site –
Challenges Kids to Train lLike an Astronaut
OSPI Health and Fitness Page
President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
For more information contact:
Leanne Eko RD, CD
Team Nutrition Grant Coordinator