DeForest Area Middle School is making national news by working to support and improve the health of our children and our community. As part of their effort, healthy items are featured on their menus and physical education and activity is emphasized. Their efforts are part of the HealthierUS School Challenge.
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime. Schools, such as DeForest Area Middle School, that champion the HUSSC work hard to make changes to their school nutrition environment in order to (1) improve the quality of the foods served throughout the day, (2) provide students with nutrition education, and (3) provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
DeForest Area Middle School qualified for the Silver Award and will receive a monetary incentive of $1000, an award plaque signed by a USDA official, a banner to display in their school, and their name listed on the Team Nutrition Web site.