Twenty Metro Nashville Public Schools have received USDA’s Healthier US Schools Challenge Awards (HUSSC). The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary certification initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
“This is a great recognition of all the work we have been doing in the schools and with the community to offer students appealing, healthy meals,” said Fred Carr, Metro Schools’ Chief Operating Officer, who oversees the district’s Nutrition Services Department.
The schools and awards are:
The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Nutrition Services was awarded the 2012 Best Practices Award. The award presented by the USDA at the State Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn. The department addressed the concern of being able to reach every student’s nutritional needs by introducing the “Translating the Menu to Achieve Healthier Food Choices” program. This program assists students who speak English as a second language by helping them gain a better understanding of food options available during breakfast and lunch.The program is one of many tools the students will use to adopt long term lifestyle choices.
The program features names and images of foods in four languages including Spanish, Somali, Kurdish-Bahdini and Arabic languages. They are displayed for students to see in the serving line and on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.