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2 Healthier US School Challenge 2014

3 Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District Clarksdale Municipal School District Moss Point School District Coahoma County School District Forest Municipal School District Hattiesburg Public School District Jackson Public School District Columbus Municipal School District Pascagoula School District Jackson County School District Lamar County School District Hinds County School District Pontotoc County School District Grenada School District Petal School District Mississippi HUSSC Districts Congratulations!

4 SUBMITTED & WAITING APPROVAL Jackson County School District B. L. Bell Academy Pass Christian School District Moss Point Middle School Mississippi has 112 HUSSC Schools (44 Bronze, 3 Silver, 46 Gold, 19 Gold Award of Distinction) Plus 18 in the review process Totaling 130 Schools

5 ssss Why should I take the challenge?

6 Take the Challenge, Get Awarded Get recognized for all you and other staff do to create a healthy school nutrition environment!

7 Basic Criteria for All Award Levels Be a Team Nutrition School Participate in National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) Offer reimbursable breakfasts and lunches that reflect Dietary Guidelines and meet USDA nutrition standards Complete all corrective actions from most recent audit Be certified by SFA for additional 6 cents reimbursement Submit local school wellness policy and describe ways school is meeting wellness goals Provide nutrition education, physical education, and opportunities for physical activity Ne

8 Average Daily Participation Criteria BronzeSilverGoldGold of Distinction Breakfast ElementaryNo criteria20%35% MiddleNo criteria20%35% HighNo criteria15%25% Lunch ElementaryNo criteria60%75% MiddleNo criteria60%75% HighNo criteria45%65% The ADP for SBP and SLP is based on attendance, not enrollment.

9 Breakfast Criteria: Fruits Bronze/Silver At least three different fruits must be offered each week Dried fruit must have no added sweetener Canned fruit must be packed in juice or light syrup 100% juice can be counted as a fruit only once per week One fruit per week must be served fresh Gold/Gold Award of Distinction At least one different fruit must be offered daily Dried fruit must have no added sweetener Canned fruit must be packed in juice or light syrup 100% juice can be counted as a fruit only once per week Two fruits per week must be served fresh

10 Breakfast Criteria: Grains Bronze/Silver – 50% of grains offered weekly are whole grain-rich* Gold – 70% of grains offered weekly are whole grain-rich* Gold Award of Distinction – 100% of grains offered weekly are whole grain-rich *Based on current HUSSC criteria effective through August 30, 2014

11 Lunch Criteria: Vegetables All Award Levels – Dark-green, red/orange, beans and peas must be offered in amounts equivalent to the meal pattern Bronze/Silver – Offer one additional ½ cup serving weekly from any of three vegetable sub-groups (dark-green, red/orange, beans and peas) Gold/Gold Award of Distinction – Offer two additional ½ cup servings weekly from any of three vegetable sub-groups (dark-green, red/orange, beans and peas)

12 Lunch Criteria: Fruits All Award Levels – At least five different fruits must be offered each week with a different fruit each day – Dried fruit must have no added sweetener – Canned fruit must be packed in juice or light syrup – 100% juice can be counted as a fruit only once per week

13 Lunch Criteria: Fruits Bronze – One fresh fruit must be served per week Silver – Two fresh fruits must be served per week Gold – Three fresh fruits must be served per week Gold Award of Distinction – Four fresh fruits must be served per week

14 Lunch Criteria: Grains Bronze/Silver/Gold – At least three different types of whole grain-rich foods offered during the week Gold Award of Distinction – At least three different types of whole grain-rich foods offered during the week – Only one whole grain-rich offering per week may be a grain-based dessert

15 Lunch Criteria Whole Grain-Rich Bronze/Silver – Two-thirds* of grains offered weekly must be whole grain-rich Gold/Gold Award of Distinction – 100% of grains offered weekly are whole grain-rich *Based on current HUSSC criteria effective through August 30, 2014

16 Nutrition Education Elementary School – All Award Levels Nutrition education is provided to all students in all grades Middle School – Bronze/Silver Offered in at least one grade during the school year – Gold/Gold Award of Distinction Offered in at least two grades High School – All Award Levels Nutrition education offered in two courses required for graduation

17 Physical Education (PE) Elementary School Structured Physical Education must be provided to all students: – Bronze/Silver Minimum average of 45 minutes per week during the school year Up to 20 minutes of the PE requirement may be met by providing structured physical activity – Gold Minimum average of 90 minutes per week during the school year Up to 45 minutes of the PE requirement may be met by providing structured physical activity – Gold Award of Distinction Minimum average of 150 minutes per week during the school year Up to 45 minutes of the PE requirement may be met by providing structured physical activity

18 Physical Education (PE) Middle and High School Middle School – All Award Levels Structured physical education offered to students in at least two grades High School – All Award Levels Structured physical education offered to students in at least two courses

19 Physical Activity Elementary School – All Award Levels Physical activity opportunities are provided each day for all full day students Middle and High School – All Award Levels School provides students in all grades opportunities to participate in physical activity throughout the school year School actively promotes participation in physical activity (in and out of school) to all students All Schools and Award Levels School reinforces physical activity/physical education messages by neither denying nor requiring physical activity as a means of punishment

20 Local School Wellness All Award Levels – Submit copy of school’s local wellness policy with HUSSC application and provide documentation for the following: Three ways your school is working to meet local wellness policy goals How parents, students, school administration and staff, and the community are involved in the implementation of the local wellness policy at your school

21 Other Criteria for Excellence Schools select from a list of 20 options that reflect HUSSC excellence and submit descriptions or documentation with application that support options selected – Bronze Must select at least two of the 20 options – Silver Must select at least four of the 20 options – Gold Must select at least six of the 20 options – Gold Award of Distinction Must select at least eight of the 20 options

22 Other Criteria for Excellence Categories Program Outreach Excellence – Examples: Increase School Breakfast Program participation; make Summer Food Service Program available Physical Activity Excellence – Examples: Promote walking to school; recess before lunch Nutrition Education Excellence – Examples: Team Nutrition lessons; Chefs Move to Schools Excellence in School and Community Involvement in Wellness Efforts – Examples: School partners with community groups School Food Service Excellence – Examples: Farm to School Initiative; Smarter Lunchroom techniques

23 Competitive Foods Criteria All Award Levels – Meet criteria for competitive foods – Set limits on total fat, trans fat, saturated fat, sodium, total sugars, and portion sizes – Only allowable beverages include: low-fat or fat-free milk in 8 ounce servings 100% fruit or vegetable juice unflavored, unsweetened, non-carbonated water – Competitive Foods Calculator available online at

24 Fundraising All Award Levels – Primarily non-food items should be sold through school fundraising activities – If food items are sold during the school day, they must meet HUSSC criteria for competitive foods

25 HUSSC Recipients Are Awarded Display Banner Plaque with Certificate signed by the Secretary of Agriculture Recognition on the Team Nutrition Website Congratulatory letter signed by the First Lady Monetary incentives

26 HUSSC Monetary Incentives AwardBronzeSilverGoldGold Award of Distinction Federal Incentive $500$1,000$1,500$2,000 State Incentive $1,500$3,000$4,500$6,000 Total Incentive $2,000$4,000$6,000$8,000 Awarded schools are eligible to receive the following incentives:

27 Silver, Gold, & Gold Award of Distinction Additional Requirements Submit completed and legible production records – Calendar lunch menus must match production records – Document all participation, (students and adults) – Items listed in quantifiable units (e.g., pounds, ounces, #10 cans) or by number of servings – Adequate portion sizes can be determined through documentation provided – Amount of food offered/served and leftovers are clearly stated – Menus must indicate actual food served; indicate menu changes – List all foods in proper category, (meats, vegetables, breads, fruits, milk varieties, etc.) – Indicate foods served for breakfast or lunch

28 Required for All Award Levels Additional Documentation – Breakfast and lunch menus for two consecutive weeks consisting of five days per week – Standardized recipes for combination foods, manufacturer’s documentation for whole-grain products and items that may need clarification in meeting HUSSC criteria – Copy of competitive food calculator results with labels – Copies of completed NSLP 6-cent certification Menu Worksheets for the consecutive two-week period

29 Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program (HSP) Streamlined Application Process HUSSC HUSSC fast-tracks recognition for HSP awardees: Schools with any level of HSP Award can bypass the application process for nutrition education, physical education and physical activity sections. Submit a copy of your HSP National Recognition Award

30 Application or Questions? FNS is extending deadline for the HUSSC under the current criteria until August 30, 2014

31 Healthier United States School Challenge HUSSC completed applications should be sent to: Mississippi Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition P. O. Box 771 Jackson, MS The application will be evaluated and forwarded to the USDA FNS Regional Office. For assistance with your application you may contact Peggy James at:


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