U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encouraged schools throughout the country to participate in the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), an initiative that helps improve the health and nutrition of children.
USDA created the HUSSC to recognize schools that maintain healthy school environments by improving the quality of meals and increasing physical activity and nutrition education. The HUSSC is also a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama's “Let's Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.
In February 2010, USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama called on stakeholders to double the number of HUSSC schools in a year and add 1,000 schools per year for two years after that. Currently 794 HUSSC awards have been made to schools. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is making it easier and more appealing for schools to take the HUSSC including:
Improving USDA's child nutrition programmes are a top priority of the Obama Administration. Congress is currently considering legislation to bolster the Child Nutrition Act, which authorises the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Summer Food Service Programmes. These programmes serve nearly 32 million children each school day and work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger.
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programmes, including the child nutrition programs, which touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year. More information about FNS and its nutrition assistance programs is available at http://www.fns.usda.gov
Source: USDA – United States Department of Agriculture