Alabama Leads the Nation in the USDA’s Healthier US Schools Challenge

At the Alabama State Board of Education meeting Feb. 9th, a number of resolutions were passed recognizing Alabama schools that are leading the nation in promoting healthier lifestyles for students.

In the 2011-12 school year, 83 Alabama schools received the distinction of the US Dept. of Agriculture’s “HealthierUS Schools Challenge” award winners, up from the 50 schools last year. The highest level, the Gold Award, has been earned by more Alabama schools than by any other state.

According to Steve Nortin, Chief for School and Family Nutrition Section of USDA, “Alabama’s leadership role in child nutrition has positioned the state to meet the new challenges of healthier meals for students.”

The HealthierUS Schools Challenge was initiated by the USDA, with the goal of improving “the health of the nation’s children by promoting healthier school environments,” according to a release from the State of Alabama Dept. of Education Feb. 10th.

Alabama schools receiving “Gold Level” recognition during the Board of Education meeting were: Andalusia Elementary School (Andalusia City), Five Points Elementary School (Chambers County), Geneva County Elementary School (Geneva County), Meadowlane Elementary, Phenix City Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Westview Elementary, and Ridgecrest Elementary Schools (Phenix City), Bluff Park Elementary School (Hoover City), William Silas Garrett Elementary School (Montgomery County), and Thomasville Elementary School (Thomasville City).

Click here for a complete list of winners.