Archive for Tuesday, August 7, 2012

SMSD receives recognition for promoting healthy habits

August 7, 2012, 1:25 p.m.

Updated: August 8, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

The Shawnee Mission School District has gained national recognition for improving nutrition and promoting physical activity among students in all elementary school buildings.

Janey Thornton, U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, recently announced that each of the district’s 33 elementary schools have been certified in the HealthierUS School Challenge, or HUSSC.

The HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative started to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments by promoting nutrition and physical activity among students and staff.

“We are honored to be the only district to receive the HealthierUS School Challenge award in Johnson County,” said Gene Johnson, superintendent, “and we plan to continue to expand our efforts around nutrition education and physical activity.”

Schools participating in this challenge adopt USDA standards, set to improve food and beverage offerings. They teach students about nutritious food choices and the importance of physical activity.

The challenge is part of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative to end childhood obesity. Shawnee Mission schools are among those who have helped the USDA exceed its goal for the number of schools having met the voluntary challenge by the summer of 2013.

Celebration activities are being planned in Shawnee Mission and will be announced at a later date.

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