The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness encourages and supports schools and school districts that utilize two USDA initiatives described below.
Team Nutrition is an initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service for federal Child Nutrition Programs. Schools involved in the initiative are required to:
- Demonstrate a commitment to help students meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Provide nutrition education for children and parents, and
- Build school and community support around a healthy school environment.
Schools may join Team Nutrition at no cost. Participation provides schools with e-mails containing nutrition information, a free resource kit, and technical assistance with school team efforts. For more information, please visit USDA's Web site.
Join the Team
HealthierUS School Challenge
Go for the gold with the HealthierUS School Challenge Award! Schools are eligible to apply for this award established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Schools can be certified as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Gold Award of Distinction Schools.
HealthierUS School Challenge Online Application
To access the HUSSC interactive online application forms, please visit http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/hsmrs/HUSSC/.
HealthierUS School Challenge Winners
Florida HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winners
Schools receive national recognition and will receive an award plaque signed by the Secretary of Agriculture and a banner from USDA to display in the school. Monetary awards are also received based on each level:
- $2000 Gold Award of Distinction
- $1500 Gold
- $1000 Silver
- $500 Bronze
- Focus on Documentation
- Focus on Grains
The following resources are available to assist schools in the process:
USDA Food Facts
Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
600 South Calhoun Street, Suite 120
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Direct Line: 850-617-7400
Toll Free: (800) 504-6609