HealthierUS School Challenge

Healthier US Challenge

Childhood overweight and obesity are major concerns in the United States. Evidence indicates that poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and obesity are associated with lower student achievement. Recognizing that schools have more influence on the lives of young people than any other institution, the

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students learn to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime.

As a result, USDA established the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity.  In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the Let's Move! initiative, which incorporates the HUSSC into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. At that time, monetary awards became available for each HUSSC award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction.


Application Materials


Application Resources 

  • WI Team Nutrition recorded a webinar on February 20, 2014 to provide WI schools with the opportunity to learn more about the HealthierUS School Challenge and how your school can receive national recognition and monetary prizes for your school’s wellness initiatives.  View the Blackboard Collaborate recording and review the following materials.  Please note that the training includes time to work on a sample application. The materials needed to work through the sample application are found in the “Completed Sample HUSSC Packet.”  You may choose to print the packet but it is recommended to use the electronic versions due to its length.

  • PowerPoint Presentation with Script (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)
  • Presentation Q&A’s 
  • Blank Application
  • Completed HUSSC Packet (part 1) (part 2)


If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

Alicia Dill, RDN, CD
Nutrition Education Consultant
(608) 266-2741

Kelly Williams, RDN, CD
Nutrition Education Consultant
(608) 267-9276



For questions about this information, contact Angela Farris (608) 267-9206