COVENTRY, CT (January 8 2013) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and State of Connecticut have recently announced that all four Coventry Public Schools and one Andover Public School have been awarded a Bronze HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) award for district-wide excellence in providing school lunches, nutrition, and physical education for students.
The USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary initiative that has been incorporated as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. It recognizes schools that participate in the national school lunch program and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the quality of food available to students as well as opportunities for both nutrition education and physical education.
The five schools recognized are Andover Elementary School, Coventry Grammar School, G.H. Robertson Intermediate School, Captain Nathan Hale Middle School, and Coventry High School. Each school will receive a $500 grant, formal recognition from the USDA and additional state recognition at the Connecticut School Breakfast Summit on April 26.
“We are very proud to receive this award,” said Coventry and Andover Public Schools Food Service Director and member of the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut (SNACT), Beth Pratt. “We have made providing healthy lunches and health instruction priorities in our schools and we plan to strive for higher levels of the award by building upon this success.”
In order to qualify for a bronze award, a school must submit a formal application and meet criteria that includes educating children about nutrition, offering healthy lunches that demonstrate dietary guidelines and nutrition standards set by the USDA, and providing the education and opportunities for students to engage in physical activity.
About the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut
The School Nutrition Association of Connecticut (SNACT) is a proud affiliate of the national School Nutrition Association. The 500 members of the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut are School Foodservice Personnel who are committed to advancing good nutrition for all children, providing healthful meals and nutritional education since 1949. The School Nutrition Association is the only professional association dedicated solely to the support and wellbeing of school nutrition professionals in advancing good nutrition for all children. Since 1946, SNA has been advancing the availability and quality of school nutrition programs as integral part of a student’s education. With its 52 affiliates, SNA is dedicated to your success and the success of your school district’s nutrition program and to the health and wellness of America’s school children. For more information, visit www.snact.org.