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  1. Healthier USSchool Challenge

  2. Promoting a Healthy School Environment • Recognize a school’s commitment • Taking a leadership role • Improving nutritional quality of meals served • Providing more nutritious choices • Providing opportunities for nutrition education and physical activity

  3. How Does It Work? • Voluntary program • Schools must meet or exceed criteria • Apply for Bronze, Silver or Gold certification • Certified for 2 years following certification

  4. Criteria • Be an elementary school • Be a Team Nutrition School • Offer reimbursable lunches that demonstrate healthy menu planning practices and meet USDA nutrition standards • Provide nutrition education

  5. Criteria (cont’d) • Provide opportunity for physical activity • Maintain an ADP of at least 70% for Silver or Gold, 62% for Bronze • Adhere to USDA nutrition standards for foods and beverages served/sold

  6. 3 fruits/5 vegetables Dark green/orange fruit or vegetable Fresh fruit/raw vegetable Vitamin C Whole grain foods 4 different entrées or meat/meat alternate; limit higher fat entrées Dried beans/peas Iron Lowfat/nonfat milk Lunch Menu Weekly Criteria

  7. Any fruit or non-fried vegetable Reduced fat, lowfat, nonfat milk 100% juice Water Other food/beverage: ≤35% of calories from fat ≤10% of calories from saturated fat ≤35% total sugar A la carte portion size not to exceed NSLP portion Individual packages not to exceed 200 calories Criteria for Competitive Foods

  8. Gold Criteria • School meets all Bronze/Silver criteria • Adheres to USDA nutrition standards about competitive foods throughout the school day, anywhere on the school campus • Offers daily lunches with • fresh fruit or raw vegetable • whole grain food

  9. Local Certification Review Panel • Foodservice manager and district-level foodservice director • Team Nutrition School Leader • Parent organization representative • A school nurse, CSH representative, PE or classroom teacher • School Principal or Administrator

  10. Application Packet Step 1 • Local Review Panel evaluation Step 2 • State Agency evaluation

  11. State Agency Validation • The Application Packet is complete • Submitted menus meet criteria • SFA has completed SMI review activities; no outstanding CRE audit issues or claims • Nutrition education and physical activity • ADP at least 70% of enrollment (62% for Bronze) • Foods and beverages meet criteria

  12. Application Packet Step 3 • State submits application to FNS Regional Office Step 4 • Region reviews and submits application to FNS Headquarters

  13. Recognition • School receives a plaque and banner • School is recognized on the Team Nutrition website • Special event held at most schools/districts

  14. Application Packet, Criteria & Instructions, Frequently Asked Questions, and Resources: HealthierUS School Challenge teamnutrition.usda.gov Click on “Healthy Schools”