Becky Bounds, Lamar County Schools, Mississippi explained how Lamar County Schools are eating healthier meals and exercising more due to the HealthierUS Schools Challenge prior to First Lady Michelle Obamaâs speech at a reception on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, Monday October 17, 2011, to honor the winners of the HealthierUS Schools Challenge. Behind Bounds from the left are Alex Roman, Walsh Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack and the First Lady hosted the reception to honor the over 1200 winners in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge that met the First Ladyâs goal to double the number of participants in the HealthierUS School Challenge in a year. In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced âLetâs Moveâ incorporating the HealthierUS School Challenge into her campaign to promote a healthier generation of children. The HealthierUS School Challenge recognizes elementary, middle and high schools nationwide that create healthier school environments by providing exceptional nutrition education, nutritious food and beverage choices, physical education and opportunities for physical activity. Since the beginning of the HealthierUS School Challenge in 2004, awards have been given to schools in 44 states. As of September 28, 2011, there are 1631 schools certified. A tool kit on how to become a Healthier U.S. School can be found at www.fns.usda.gov. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.
April 28, 2014
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