Schools awarded for creating healthier learning environment
Nineteen Lake County elementary schools have received the HealthierUS School Challenge Smarter Lunchrooms Award, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service program announced this month.
The challenge is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing schools that have created healthier school environments through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity. It is open to all Team Nutrition schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.
Schools must complete a self-assessment scorecard and implement at least 30 action items to qualify for a bronze award, at least 50 to earn silver or gold, and at least 70 to earn a Gold Award of Distinction.
Additionally, schools at all award levels must meet the “Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards.” Included at all award levels is a requirement that all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day must meet or exceed the USDA’s nutrition standards. At the silver and bronze level, those standards also include a requirement that foods and beverages that do not meet the Smart Snacks criteria will not be advertised or marketed to students. To earn a gold-level award, schools must offer and promote water, fruits and/or vegetables if any foods and beverages are sold to students on campus at events outside of the school day.
Lake County’s award winning schools are as follows:
- Clermont Elementary School
- Sawgrass Bay Elementary School
- Astatula Elementary School
- Beverly Shores Elementary School
- Eustis Heights Elementary School
- Fruitland Park Elementary School
- Grassy Lake Elementary School
- Groveland Elementary School
- Leesburg Elementary School
- Mascotte Elementary Charter School
- Minneola Elementary Charter School
- Pine Ridge Elementary School
- Rimes Early Learning & Literacy Center
- Round Lake Elementary School
- Seminole Springs Elementary School
- Sorrento Elementary School
- Tavares Elementary School
- Treadway Elementary School
- Umatilla Elementary School