Childhood overweight and obesity are major concerns in the United States. Evidence indicates that poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and obesity are associated with lower student achievement. Recognizing that schools have more influence on the lives of young people than any other institution, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students learn to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime.
USDA has established the HealthierUS School Challenge to recognize schools that create healthier school environments by providing nutrition education, nutritious food and beverage choices, physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
The challenge is offered at four award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction. Monetary awards of $500-$2,000 are available.
If you have questions or need help, contact Child Nutrition at the State Office of Education at 801-538-7563.