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Anson Elementary School earns Gold Award from USDA for Healthy School Meals

TNLogoShAnson Elementary has earned the prestigious HealthierUS Schools Challenge (HUSSC) Gold Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the quality of its school meals and physical education for students.

Anson will receive a $1,500 prize, an award plaque signed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, and a banner to display in the school.

The school meets strict USDA HUSSC Gold guidelines that include a requirement that 100 percent of grains offered weekly are whole grain-rich, and different fruits are offered each week, three of which are served fresh. For the gold award, elementary schools are required to offer a minimum average of 90 minutes of physical education (P.E.) each week.  Elementary schools must also offer nutrition education in all grade levels.

A special award celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, at 9:30am in the MHS/Community Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend.

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.  It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.  Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime.