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:
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.
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|
|Submitting an Application Webinar|
|Reviewing Applications Webinar (Insight on how your application will be reviewed)|
|Nutrition Education, Physical Activity, and Physical Education Webinar|
|Other Criteria For Excellence, including Farm to School Presentation|
|HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze or Silver Award Application|
|HealthierUS School Challenge Gold or Gold Award of Distinction Application|
|Become a Team Nutrition School|
|HealthierUS School Challenge Criteria Chart|
|HealthierUS School Challenge Frequently Asked Questions|
|Online HealthierUS Challenge Competitive Foods Calculator|
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
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.
A.B. McDonald Elementary School (Silver)
Harrison Elementary School (Silver)
Spirit Lake Elementary School (Silver)