The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC): Smarter Lunchrooms is a voluntary certification initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. The goal of the HUSSC is to improve children’s health by promoting healthier school environments. The HUSSC identifies schools that have made changes to:
- improve the quality of the foods served;
- provide students with nutrition education; and
- provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
The 2014 criteria for HUSSC Smarter Lunchrooms reflect the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards, while continuing to recognize schools that exceed federal requirements within the entire school nutrition environment. Under the new criteria, all schools must complete the Smarter Lunchrooms Self-Assessment Score Card.
In addition to national and state recognition, HUSSC schools receive the following monetary incentive awards:
- $2,000 Gold Award of Distinction
- $1,500 Gold
- $1,000 Silver
- $500 Bronze