NORWALK, Conn. – Thirteen Norwalk schools have received a national award for providing nutritious food and beverage choices, physical and nutrition education and opportunities for physical activity
The 11 elementary schools, one charter school and one high school join 2,800 schools around the country that have received the HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Award as part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.
When Norwalk’s Brookside Elementary School earned the first Bronze Award in the city, Lisa Cantor, director of Whitson’s Food Service at Norwalk Public Schools, said, “We were ready to accomplish the certification of the entire district.”
In order to qualify for the award, each school had to demonstrate that it met all the Challenge nutritional requirements on an on-going basis, serving healthy foods that appeal to students and planning meals that feature fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. The meals must also include lean proteins and foods low in saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.
This following Norwalk schools were awarded the HUSSC Bronze Level in March: Columbus Magnet Elementary School, Cranbury Elementary School, Fox Run Elementary School, Jefferson Science Magnet School, Kendall Elementary School, Marvin Elementary School, Naramake Elementary School, Rowayton Elementary School, Silvermine Elementary School, Tracey Elementary School, Wolfpit Elementary School, Richard C. Briggs High School and Side by Side Charter School.