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Healthier US School Challenge. 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.

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promoting a healthy school environment
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
how does it work
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
  • 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
criteria cont d
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
lunch menu weekly criteria
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


Lowfat/nonfat milk

Lunch Menu Weekly Criteria
criteria for competitive foods
Any fruit or non-fried vegetable

Reduced fat, lowfat, nonfat milk

100% juice


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
gold criteria
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
local certification review panel
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
application packet
Application Packet

Step 1

  • Local Review Panel evaluation

Step 2

  • State Agency evaluation
state agency validation
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
application packet12
Application Packet

Step 3

  • State submits application to FNS Regional Office

Step 4

  • Region reviews and submits application to FNS Headquarters
  • School receives a plaque and banner
  • School is recognized on the Team Nutrition website
  • Special event held at

most schools/districts

healthierus school challenge
Application Packet,

Criteria & Instructions,

Frequently Asked Questions,

and Resources:

HealthierUS School Challenge

Click on “Healthy Schools”