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Kudos to Recently Certified HealthierUS School Challenge Schools
The following Chicago Public Schools have received the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Certification at the Bronze level for November 2013 through November 2017:
- Agassiz Elementary School
- Belding Elementary School
- Mark Twain Elementary School
The U.S. Department of Agriculture commends these schools for the exemplary steps, leadership and team work employed to make changes to their schools’ nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and, enhance their physical activity program.
To acknowledge their achievement, the schools will receive a HUSSC award plaque, a banner to display, and a small monetary incentive award ($500 per school for the Bronze award, $1000 per school for the Silver award, $1500 per school for the Gold award, and $2000 per school for the Gold Award of Distinction) for meeting HUSSC’s 2009 criteria. Also, the names of these schools will be proudly added to the HUSSC awardees list on the Team Nutrition HUSSC website.
If your school is interested in taking the HUSSC, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/application.html for the application and resource materials. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions regarding the application process.
New Healthy Lunchtime Recipes
The 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook by Epicurious, contains 54 winning recipes from over 1,300 junior chef (ages 8-12) submissions. The student winners received a trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent or legal guardian to attend a State Dinner this past July. Kudos to Taddy Pettit, whose recipe, Black Bean Wrap with Jicama-Grilled Corn Salsa, was the Illinois winner.
New Resource Guides Schools to Increase Physical Activity
Tools to Promote Outdoor Recess to Increase Physical Activity in Schools, created by the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors (ASTPHND) for schools to reference for ideas on ways to increase students’ physical activity. It is a compilation of resources developed by different states as well as organizations related to physical activity.
Illinois School Breakfast Challenge Awards
The Illinois School Breakfast Challenge is a partnership with ISBE, the Midwest Dairy Council, and Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign. Congratulations to the 12 schools receiving the Fiscal Year 2013 Illinois School Breakfast Challenge Awards for increasing their breakfast participation rates most significantly.
Subscribe to the Illinois Schools Can! eNewsletter
The Illinois Schools Can! eNewsletter keeps school wellness staff posted on funding and training opportunities as well as resources that support school wellness programs. TO JOIN THE ILLINOIS SCHOOLS CAN! ENEWSLETTER LISTSERVE, please contact Joan Love by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 800-545-7892.
HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winning Schools in Illinois
Kudos to the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) award winners in Illinois! These schools have met specific criteria to build healthier school environments through better nutrition and physical activity practices. Visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/awardwinners.html to view Illinois’ HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winners.
New Grant Opportunities
USDA’s Healthy Meals Resource System
This site provides information on specific grants related to child nutrition and physical activity as well as resources to locate grants and information on the grant writing process.
Consider applying for a salad bar grant through the Let’s Move to School Salad Bars. Schools that are HealthierUS School Challenge certified receive top priority for this grant.
Where to Locate Wellness Grant Opportunities
Grants for School Breakfast!
Grants through Share Our Strength and the Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign will support schools with expanding their breakfast participation. Funds can be used to purchase approved equipment and to create materials and initiatives that facilitate alternative breakfast delivery models (such as in-classroom breakfast, grab-n-go, or second chance breakfast). Applying schools must either be implementing or be prepared to implement an alternative breakfast delivery model. Grants will be awarded up to $5,000 on a rolling basis. For more information or to apply, please visit the Illinois No Kid Hungry website at http://il.nokidhungry.org/grants-school-breakfast.