District Lunch Menus Earn USDA Award
Congratulations are due to the Lakewood City Schools' Nutrition Services Department as all school buildings recently received the Bronze Award for the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom. Each school will be recognized nationally and awarded $500 for use in the cafeterias.
Assistant Supervisor of Nutrition Services/Dietitian Tammi Zavatchen worked one year on preparing the application for the award with the help of many District employees and Nutrition Services Supervisor/Dietitian Nancy Early.
The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom is a voluntary certification initiative established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of nutritious meals, physical activity, and nutrition education.
Criteria for certification:
- All schools are enrolled as a Team Nutrition School
- All schools offer reimbursable school lunches that meet the USDA nutrition standards
- All schools participate in both the National School Program and the School Breakfast Program
- All schools offer reimbursable school lunches that demonstrate healthy menu planning practices and principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- All schools meet the Smart Snack in Schools Nutrition Standards
- District adopts and supports a Local School Wellness Policy
- All schools must be certified for the 6 Cents program
- All schools offer nutrition education, physical education and physical activity
This is one of a number of honors the Nutrition Services Department has earned in the last several years, including the Ohio Department of Education Stellar Award for Best Nutrition Practice, and the Cleveland Clinic's Eat Right at School Menu award.
Lakewood City Schools believe that schools play an important role in helping to reduced childhood obesity though healthy eating patterns, regular physical activity and nutrition education.