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Healthier US School Challenge

Healthier US School Challenge. Nutrition Education, Physical activity, and Wellness Policy Criteria. February, 2012. http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS/index.html. Objective.

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Healthier US School Challenge

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  1. Healthier US School Challenge Nutrition Education, Physical activity, and Wellness Policy Criteria February, 2012 http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS/index.html

  2. Objective • Provide an overview of nutrition education, physical activity, and wellness policy criteria on HUSSC applications.

  3. Healthier US School Challenge HUSSC Goal Improve the health of the nation’s children by promoting healthier school environments.

  4. Childhood Obesity Initiative Help parents make healthy choices. Serve healthier food in schools. Improve access and affordability of healthy food. Increase physical activity. America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids www.letsmove.gov

  5. HUSSC App. Page 8

  6. HUSSC App. Page 9

  7. HUSSC App. Page 9a

  8. School Health Policies & PracticesHUSSC app page 11 • Nutrition • Fundraising/Foods • Physical activity • Wellness policy Policies & practices support a consistent wellness environment

  9. HUSSC App. Page 11

  10. HUSSC app page 11School Policies & Practices • Nutrition • Prohibit the use of any food as a reward for performance. • Related items exempt from HUSSC criteria: • Holiday celebrations, birthday parties. • Non-food rewards on next 2 slides. • Fundraising/Foods • After school, or non-food fundraising. • If fundraiser foods are sold during the day, they must meet competitive foods criteria. • Reminder: HUSSC criteria apply during the school day.

  11. http://www.healthysd.gov/Documents/NonfoodRewards.pdf

  12. HUSSC app page 11School Policies & Practices • Physical activity • Neither deny nor require physical activity as a means of punishment. • Wellness Policy (WP) • Best to address the physical activity/punishment, and food as reward issues in the WP, to be clear, • Or create an addendum to ‘correct’ if the WP conflicts with HUSSC. • For school WPs that do not address these issues. • Answering the HUSSC application questions are all that is needed, without any further documentation.

  13. Wellness Policy Conflicts with HUSSCPossible Addendum “All district schools applying for the USDA’s Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) awards will meet or exceed any HUSSC criteria standard itemized in the district wellness policy.”  Signed/Dated: Principal (if school app) or Superintendent (if district app)

  14. Summer 2012 • New HUSSC standards, new application. http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS/2012criteria.html • Reflecting the new menu patterns. • MyPlate vegetable sub-groups • http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables.html • Whole grains meet 1 of these criteria: • –Whole grains per serving must be ≥ 8 grams • –Product includes FDA’s whole grain health claim on its packaging • –Product ingredient listing lists whole grain first • HUSSC will always go beyond the federal minimum requirements. • To reward schools who have made themselves healthier • How long will the current application be accepted? • Get current-version applications submitted ASAP.

  15. Resources http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/ http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/

  16. Healthier US School Challenge Steven Bergonzoni, MPA, RD, LDN Marlene Stein Nutritionist Program Specialist Special Nutrition Programs Schools, Summer and Nutrition Education Section Mid-Atlantic Region, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA Steve.bergonzoni@fns.usda.govMarlene.stein@fns.usda.gov January, 2012 http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS/index.html

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