Franklin High School Awarded HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Level Distinction

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Franklin High School joined an elite group of over 7,000 schools certified as HealthierUS School Challenge schools, an award that shows their commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles choices and creating a wholesome school environment. This recognition is the product of a joint effort between Franklin Public Schools and Whitsons School Nutrition.

We are really excited to receive this recognition from the USDA. It really supports our long term efforts to improve the health and wellness of our students and families and gives credence to the work we are doing district-wide

The USDA established the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that create healthier school environments by providing nutrition education, nutritious food and beverage choices, physical education and opportunities for physical activity. This initiative is a main component in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, an effort to end the childhood obesity epidemic.

Franklin High School was awarded the HUSSC Bronze Level distinction. This recognition is the product of a joint effort between Franklin High School and Whitsons School Nutrition, food service providers at Franklin Public Schools, along with the Wellness Committee and other members of the school community. According to Miriam Goodman, School Business Administrator at Franklin Public Schools, “We are really excited to receive this recognition from the USDA. It really supports our long term efforts to improve the health and wellness of our students and families and gives credence to the work we are doing district-wide.”

With this award, Franklin Public Schools reiterates its commitment to promoting a healthy school environment for its students. In order to qualify for the Bronze award, the schools had to demonstrate they meet all the HUSSC nutritional requirements on an on-going basis, serving a variety of healthier food that appeal to the students, planning meals that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; and that include lean proteins and foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. Furthermore, the schools were required to prove their compliance with the health education and physical activity criteria of the HUSSC according to age group.

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Whitsons Culinary Group provides a wide range of highly customized dining services to public schools, corporations and institutions, with a strong focus on nutritious, high quality menus made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Whitsons has a long and proud history of excellence and growth since 1979 and currently ranks the 19th largest dining company in the United States (Food Management magazine, September 2014). Whitsons’ scope of expertise and services extends to: emergency dining, residential and healthcare dining, prepared meals, and school dining and services.

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