HealthierUS School Challenge

Healthier US Challenge

The USDA is re-launching the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), a voluntary program which provides financial awards to schools that choose to take steps to encourage kids to make healthy choices and be more physically active.  The HUSSC was established to recognize those schools participating in the school meals programs that have created healthier school environments.  In 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. To date, HUSSC awards have been given to schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Click here to view Wisconsin HUSSC winners.

White House Vegetable Garden

The new HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC:SL) is open to all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. It recognizes that changing the school nutrition environment takes time and celebrates both the gradual changes and big successes of schools working diligently to help children eat more healthfully and be more physically active. 

The 2014 HUSSC: SL criteria will be implemented on August 31, 2014. Applications submitted to the State agency on or after August 31, 2014, will be reviewed using the 2014 HUSSC: SL criteria.  Schools can submit an application at any time during the year for an award.  Applicants that have been awarded previously will be allowed to begin the application process for a higher award level one year from the date they received their last award. 

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 Paul (608) 267-9206