HealthierUS School Challenge

Healthier US Challenge
Can You Meet the Challenge?

Are You Ready to be a Gold Award School?

The HealthierUS School Challenge was established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Four levels of superior performance are awarded: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold of Distinction for both elementary and secondary schools.

The overarching goal of the HealthierUS School Challenge is to improve the health of the Nation's children by promoting healthier school environments. To help meet the goal, the Challenge identifies schools that have made changes to the school nutrition environment to:

  • improve the quality of the foods served,
  • provide students with nutrition education, and
  • provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
Is This Your First Time?

The Idaho Child Nutrition Programs encourages you to try for the Bronze or Silver award if this is your first time applying for this award. You may find that your school is already doing many of the requirements. If your school is a repeat award winner, aim for Gold or Gold Award of Distinction during the next award cycle.

HealthierUS School Challenge Webinars & Training

USDA will be offering webinars on the HealthierUS School Challenge, check back regularly for scheduled webinars and archived webinar recordings. The HUSSC criteria changed on July 1, 2012.

Meal Criteria Webinar Link
Submitting an Application Webinar Link
Reviewing Applications Webinar (Insight on how your application will be reviewed) Link
Powerpoint Icon School Wellness
Nutrition Education, Physical Activity, and Physical Education Webinar Link
PDF Icon Other Criteria For Excellence, including Farm to School Presentation
HealthierUS School Challenge Applications
PDF Icon HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze or Silver Award Application Link
PDF Icon HealthierUS School Challenge Gold or Gold Award of Distinction Application Link
Become a Team Nutrition School Link
HealthierUS School Challenge General Information
HealthierUS School Challenge Criteria Chart Link
PDF Icon HealthierUS School Challenge Frequently Asked Questions Link
Online HealthierUS Challenge Competitive Foods Calculator Link

If you are interested in applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge contact:

Dianne Esplin, RD, LD, SNS
Coordinator, Child Nutrition Programs
State Department of Education
650 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 1-208-332-6827

Idaho HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winners

Gooding School District

Gooding Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)
Gooding Elementary was the first school in the Nation to win the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award of Distinction.

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Moscow School District

A.B. McDonald Elementary School (Silver)

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Kootenai School District

Harrison Elementary School (Silver)

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Lakeland School District

Spirit Lake Elementary School (Silver)

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