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HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms

Last Published: 06/05/2018

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.

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Completion of HUSSC Award Program

As part of USDA’s commitment to ensure that all our programs are delivered efficiently and effectively, and to avoid duplicating the efforts of the private sector, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service will no longer be accepting applications for the HealthierUS School Challenge (formally known as the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms or HUSSC: SL) Award Program, effective July 1, 2018.

USDA recognizes the value the award program has had to our stakeholders and is committed to maintaining the program through the end of the 2017-2018 school year (June 30, 2018). USDA will continue to work with schools during this phase-out period and provide support as they close-out the application process. Any applications submitted to State agencies by June 30, 2018 will be reviewed for approval. The USDA National Office will announce the final set of awards by December 31, 2018.

The recorded Completion of HealthierUS School Challenge Award Program webinar, which took place on March 13, 2018, is available here.

Please email any questions you may have related to the completion of HUSSC:

HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms

Recent Award Winners

Since the beginning of the HealthierUS School Challenge in 2004, awards have been given to schools in 50 States and the District of Columbia. As of April 20, 2018, there are 3,126 schools certified (2,120 Bronze, 760 Silver, 210 Gold, and 36 Gold Award of Distinction). The following states have received new HealthierUS School Challenge Delaware, Michigan, and  Florida,

HealthierUS School Challenge Criteria

Take the HealthierUS School Challenge using the following Criteria and Guidance
Remember: HUSSC will be completed on July 1, 2018, therefore, all applications must be submitted to State agencies by June 30, 2018.