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

The USDA has developed a series of hour-long webinar trainings to assist schools in taking the challenge. Visit for a listing of available webinars.

WI Team Nutrition is excited to provide a three-part series of HUSSC webinar trainings through Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing technology. Each webinar is approximately 20 minutes in length and will assist you in taking the challenge. New to Blackboard Collaborate?  Be sure to Check your system to make sure you are able to view the webinars Blackboard Collaborate, try these resources.

1. HUSSC: Achieving Success in Wisconsin (1 of 3 in a series of HUSSC Webinars). This webinar introduces the HealthierUS School Challenge to participants, discuss the certification levels, reviews the criteria, and provides tips for getting started on taking the challenge.

2. HUSSC: Completing Your Application (2 of 3 in a series of HUSSC Webinars). This webinar is for people who have made the decision to take the challenge but want more information about accessing the application.  The presentation walks participants through each section of the application and discusses who to complete each application page.

3. HUSSC: Required Documentation (3 of 3 in a series of HUSSC Webinars). This webinar reviews the supporting documentation that is required to be submitted along with a school’s HUSSC application. The review consists of a breakdown of each required documentation and how to ensure the paperwork is completed correctly.

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