HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms

Last Modified: 09/15/2014

HealthierUS School Challenge award ceremony

Recognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity

The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments  through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let’s Move!, incorporating HUSSC: SL into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. At that time, monetary incentive awards became available for each HUSSC:SL award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction.

To date, HUSSC: SL awards have been given to schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. As of August 12, 2014, there are 6,655 schools certified (4,468 Bronze, 1,219 Silver, 585 Gold, and 383 Gold Awards of Distinction).

HealthierUS School Challenge Criteria

USDA Helps Schools Make Lunchrooms "Smarter"

Take the HealthierUS School Challenge using the 2014 Criteria and Guidance

School medal

Recent Award Winners:
Awardees from FL, IL, KS, and WI