Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary Dr. Janey Thornton, center, Principal Robin Weaver, left, and Mr Grasso's 5th grade class participates in the Pledge of Allegiance before the start of the inaugural International School Meals Day at Harmony Hills Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD, on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Silver Spring, VA. Mr. Damian Grasso's 5th grade class was paired with Mrs. Karen McAllisterâs class at Dalry Primary School in Edinburgh, North Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. Using a real-time online video website service, the children shared some of the healthy eating and physical activity choices available to them. The Dalry fitness program includes Zumba classes, and Harmony Hills has a Fitness Club. Both schools have soccer programs. The Harmony Hills 5th grade students shared their thoughts about their healthy menu items, mango, kiwi, and hummus. To honor the Maryland students, the Dalry students were treated to a Southern Maryland dessert, Smith Island cake (made with 7 thin layers). âThis event helps underscore the importance of the HealthierUS School Challenge and some of the ways that children and communities can become involved with promoting nutrition,â said Dr. Thornton. âUSDA believes that schools can take a leadership role in combating childhood obesity by incorporating healthier menus and introducing more physical activities during the school day. The strong foundation these schools have built supports a clear path for our nation's young people to win the future.' USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 12, 2014