SDE: HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) in Connecticut

HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) in Connecticut

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The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC): Smarter Lunchrooms is a voluntary certification initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. The goal of the HUSSC is to improve children's health by promoting healthier school environments. The HUSSC identifies schools that have made changes to:
  • improve the quality of the foods served;
  • provide students with nutrition education; and
  • provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
The 2014 criteria for HUSSC Smarter Lunchrooms reflect the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards, while continuing to recognize schools that exceed federal requirements within the entire school nutrition environment. Under the new criteria, all schools must complete the Smarter Lunchrooms Self-Assessment Score Card.

The HUSSC Smarter Lunchrooms is open to all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Schools can submit an application at any time during the year for four HUSSC levels including Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Gold of Distinction. Each level has specific criteria that schools must meet.

In addition to national and state recognition, HUSSC schools receive the following monetary incentive awards:
  • $2,000 Gold Award of Distinction
  • $1,500 Gold
  • $1,000 Silver
  • $500 Bronze

Connecticut HUSSC Winners
As of January 2017, Connecticut currently has 197 HUSSC schools. For more information, see the List of Connecticut's HUSSC Schools.

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Application Information


For additional resources, visit the CSDE's Resources for Child Nutrition Programs webpage.

CONTACT: CSDE School Nutrition Programs Staff
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutrition Programs
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
Phone: 860-807-2050
Fax: 860-807-2127

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