Health Enhancement and Safety


Heathier US School Challenge

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 10:11 am
The Office of Public Instruction encourages all schools to go for the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC), an initiative that helps improve the health and nutrition of children with four award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Award of Distinction.  The HUSSC recognizes schools that maintain healthy school environments by improving the quality of meals and increasing physical activity and nutrition education.

Currently 794 HUSSC awards have been made to schools across the United States with 9 of these awards going to Montana schools.  It is now easier and more appealing for schools to take the HUSSC:

  • Schools receive monetary incentives for earning HUSSC certification.  HUSSC schools receive $2,000 for Gold Award of Distinction, $1,500 for Gold, $1,000 for Silver and $500 for Bronze.
  • An online HUSSC toolkit provides schools a step-by-step guide on how to navigate the application process.
  • Schools receive individual technical assistance in planning healthy school meals which promote consumption of fruits and vegetables and other key aspects of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Schools have the option to submit a district-wide application.

Why would a school apply for a HUSSC award?

  • To be recognized as being among the healthiest schools in the nation.
  • To promote your school meals program within your community by serving the healthiest meals possible.
  • To ensure children have the opportunity to eat healthy and be active at school.

Find out more about the Healthier US School Challenge at http://www.teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS/index.html

For more information, contact Molly Stenberg, (406) 994-7217