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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2013

Illinois schools developing healthier environments through nutrition and physical activity


132 schools certified in USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge this school year

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced today, Monday that 132 schools across the state earned certification in the past year for meeting federal standards related to nutrition and physical activity. The schools are among more than 200 in the Prairie State that have earned voluntary certification through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Healthier U.S. School Challenge.

“It’s great to see so many schools voluntarily improve nutrition and physical activity programs to create healthier environment for students,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Schools that take up this challenge know that when students are physically active and eating well, they’re more likely to succeed in the classroom and develop lifelong healthy habits.”

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) certification initiative was established in 2004 with four---- award levels; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Award of Distinction. To date, more than 6,000 schools across the country, including about 210 in Illinois, have become certified.

Of the 132 Illinois schools that have become certified since March 1, 2012 approximately 85, or 64 percent, are in Chicago Public Schools District 299, and the other 36percent represent 47 schools in 15 districts. Among those schools, four are Illinois high schools, five are middle schools and the remaining  117 are elementary schools.

Schools qualify for each award level depending on their percent of eligible students participating in the free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs (with the exception of the bronze level), weekly physical activities, menu plans and recipes, nutrition education, school wellness plans and partnerships with community groups to promote wellness. To view the application criteria, visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/2012criteria_chart.html

In Illinois to date, about 10 schools have achieved the highest award; the Gold Award of Distinction, another 41 have achieved the Gold award, 58 have achieved the Silver level and another 72 have achieved certification as Bronze level schools.

To see a list of all Illinois schools certified to date, view the Healthy Access Locator to see a graphic and search awards by state at: http://www.healthyaccesslocator.com/

This graphic depicts all of the schools currently certified. The schools that became certified since March 1, 2012 are:

District
School
Award
Belvidere Community School District #100 Belvidere Central Middle School
Bronze
Caledonia Elementary School
Bronze
Kishwaukee Elementary School
Bronze
Meehan Elementary School
Silver
Perry Elementary School
Silver
Seth Whitman Elementary School
Bronze
 
Berwyn South District 100 Emerson Elementary School
Silver
Freedom Middle School
Gold Award of Distinction
Heritage Middle School
Gold Award of Distinction
Hiawatha  Elementary School
Gold Award of Distinction
Irving Elementary School
Silver
Komensky Elementary School
Gold Award of Distinction
Pershing Elementary School
Gold Award of Distinction
Piper Elementary School
Gold Award of Distinction
 
Chester-East Lincoln CCSD 61 Chester-East Lincoln Elementary
Silver
 
Chicago Public Schools 299 Armour Elementary School
Gold
Ashburn Community  Elementary
Silver
Avalon Park Elementary School
Silver
Belmont-Cragin Elementary School
Bronze
Black Magnet Elementary School
Silver
Bond Elementary School
Silver
Bradwell Comm Arts & Sciences Elementary
Silver
Burnham Elementary Inclusive Academy
Silver
Burr Elementary
Bronze
Camras Elementary School
Bronze
Cardenas Elementary School
Bronze
Chalmers Elementary Speciality School
Silver
Chappell Elementary School
Bronze
Chase Elementary School
Silver
Claremont Academy Elementary School
Silver
Colemon J Elementary Academy
Gold
Coonley Elementary
Bronze
Cuffe Math-Science Tech Elementary Academy
Gold
Darwin Elementary
Silver
DePriest Elementary School
Silver
Disney II Elementary Magnet School
Bronze
Drake Elementary
Silver
Earle Elementary
Gold
Edison Park Elementary School
Bronze
Evers Elementary School
Bronze
Fenger Academy High School
Gold
Foster Park Elementary School
Bronze
Fulton Elementary School
Silver
Galileo Elementary Math & Science Academy
Bronze
Garcia Lorca Elementary School
Silver
Gary Elementary School
Silver
Graham R Training Center
Gold
Gregory Elementary School
Silver
Haines Elementary School
Silver
Hamilton Elementary School
Bronze
Hammond Elementary
Gold
Healy Elementary School
Silver
Henry Elementary School
Silver
Higgins Elementary Community Academy
Silver
Jackson A Elementary Language Academy
Bronze
Jahn Elementary
Silver
Juarez Community Academy
Silver
Kellman Corporate Community Elementary School
Silver
Kohn Elementary School
Bronze
Lavizzo Elementary School
Silver
Libby Elementary
Silver
Lozano Elementary Bilingual & International Center
Gold
Mather High School
Silver
McDowell Elementary School
Gold
Mollison Elementary School
Gold
Morton Elementary Career Academy
Gold
Newberry Elementary Math and Science Academy
Bronze
Nightingale Elementary
Silver
Parker Elementary Community Academy
Silver
Peabody Elementary
Silver
Peirce Elementary International Studies School
Silver
Peterson Elementary School
Gold
Pilsen Elementary Community Academy
Silver
Pulaski International School of Chicago
Gold
Reavis Elementary School
Silver
Reilly Elementary School
Silver
Rickover Naval Academy High School
Gold
Robinson Elementary
Gold
Schmid Elementary School
Silver
Senn High School
Gold
Sheridan Elementary Math and Science Academy
Bronze
Sherman Elementary
Silver
Shields Elementary School
Silver
Skinner Elementary
Bronze
Smith W Elementary
Silver
Solomon Elementary School
Bronze
Songhai Elementary Learning Institute
Gold
South Loop Elementary
Bronze
Steinmetz Academic Center High School
Silver
Stevenson Elementary
Silver
Tanner Elemenary
Gold
Taylor Elementary
Gold
Tonti Elementary School
Silver
Ward J Elementary School
Silver
Washington G Elementary
Silver
Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy
Silver
White Elementary Career Academy
Silver
Wildwood Elementary School
Bronze
Williams Multiplex Elementary School
Silver
Woods  Elementary Math & Science Academy
Gold
 
Crystal Lake CUSD #47 Husmann Elementary School
Bronze
 
Diocese of Rockford St. Mary’s
Silver
 
Dolton School District #149 Berger-Vandenberg Elementary School
Gold
Carol Moseley Braun School
Gold
Caroline Sibley Elementary School
Gold
Diekman Elementary School
Gold
New Beginnings Learning Academy
Gold
 
Elmhurst School District #205 Conrad Fischer Elementary
Bronze
Edison Elementary
Bronze
Emerson Elementary
Bronze
Field Elementary
Bronze
Hawthorne Elementary
Bronze
Jackson Elementary
Bronze
Jefferson Elementary
Bronze
Lincoln Elementary
Bronze
 
LeRoy School District #2 LeRoy Elementary School
Silver
 
Lombard School District #44 Wm Hammerschmidt Elementary
Bronze
 
Payson Comm Unit District #1 Payson Seymour Elementary School
Gold Award of Distinction
 
Prairie Central CUSD #8 Chenoa Elementary
Gold Award of Distinction
 
Woodstock School District 200 Clay Academy
Silver
Creekside Middle School
Silver
Dean Street Elementary School
Silver
Greenwood Elementary School
Bronze
Mary Endres Elementary School
Silver
Northwood Middle School
Bronze
Olson Elementary School
Silver
Prairiewood Elementary School
Bronze
Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center
Bronze
Westwood Elementary School
Silver
Woodstock High School
Bronze
Woodstock North High School
Silver

 

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