Pine Jog Elementary and S.D. Spady Elementary are being recognized for creating healthy environments focused on nutrition and physical activity. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam recently joined United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary Kevin Concannon to celebrate the achievements of Florida schools that have been awarded a USDA HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award for creating a healthier school environment by promoting nutrition and physical activity. Under Commissioner Putnam’s leadership, the number of Florida schools with a HUSSC distinction has more than doubled, bringing the total number of schools to 48.
“Florida’s HealthierUS School Challenge Award recipients are committed not only to the education of Florida’s children, but also to their health and well-being,” said Commissioner Adam Putnam. “I look forward to working with our state’s schools to encourage efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, as demonstrated by schools like these so Florida can become a nationwide leader in promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyles.”
USDA established HUSSC in 2004 to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have voluntarily created healthier school environments. Schools are awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Awards of Distinction based on the criteria set forth by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. S.D. Spady and Pine Jog elementary schools are the only schools in the South Florida area to receive the award.
To celebrate the achievements of the schools, USDA Deputy Director of Special Nutrition Programs, Steven Hortin will attend Pine Jog Elementary school assembly on April 3, 2012. In addition, during the Wellness Promotion Task Force meeting on April 4, 2012, Deputy Hortin will present bronze awards to Pine Jog Principal, Fred Barch and S.D. Spady Principal, Martha O’Hare.
For more information contact Paula Triana, R.D, L.D./N., School Food Service Department, Assistant Director of Nutrition & Wellness Promotion at (561) 383-2026.