The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has beaten a goal to enroll 2,250 schools under Michelle Obama’s Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) by the end of June, with more than 3,700 schools now certified under the program, part of the Let’s Move! initiative.
Schools participating in the HUSSC challenge voluntarily agree to adopt USDA standards for their efforts in improving food and beverage offerings, teaching children about healthy food choices and being physically active.
“Leaders in these schools and the communities that support them are playing a crucial role in building a healthier next generation,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Janey Thornton. “Through their leadership, we are confident that schools across the nation will be able to implement the new standards for nutrition and ensure that the 32 million lunches and 13 million breakfasts served in schools every day will continue to play a key role in the fight against obesity in this country.”