Students preview healthy new school food menus
joining forces with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the USDA Midwest and
the Illinois State Board of Education to help schools across the city
Go for the Gold in food and fitness.
As schools nationwide respond to First Lady Michelle Obama's call to take on the HealthierUS School Challenge, efforts such as this one can provide lessons for how we all approach wellness at school.To achieve the gold standard, schools must meet health-promoting criteria for school food, physical activity and nutrition education. Chicago Public Schools Nutrition Services announced that all school food will meet the gold standard beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. With this healthy change at the district level, individual schools are well-positioned to strive for the gold by making changes to promote physical activity and nutrition education.
"What makes Go for the Gold unique is the way it brings together so many partners in promoting school wellness," said HSC founding executive director Rochelle Davis. "We're thrilled to see CPS taking the lead in improving school food and supporting school efforts to make change."
|Sen. Dick Durbin tries a healthy school lunch designed by students at Tilden High School|
Sen. Dick Durbin joined students in sampling the
new healthy menu when he visited Tilden High School on April 6 to
congratulate the student chefs who won first place in HSC's Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest.
Durbin ate lunch with the winning team -- enjoying the healthy jambalaya
they designed -- and spoke with students about the importance of
"It's inspiring to see our nation's third-largest district take on this challenge and exciting to see so many community partners step forward to support the effort," said Davis. "I believe the lessons we learn will be valuable to advocates and school leaders nationwide."
Learn more about the Go for the Gold campaign here »
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