Commissioner Adam Putnam Applauds Florida’s Healthiest Schools

By: FL Dept of Ag and Consumer Services Press Release
By: FL Dept of Ag and Consumer Services Press Release

Tallahassee, FL -– March 26, 2012 --

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam joined United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary Kevin Concannon in Santa Rosa County today to celebrate the achievements of Bennett Russell Elementary School, which was awarded a USDA HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award for creating a healthier school environment by promoting nutrition and physical activity. Under Commissioner Putnam’s leadership, the number of Florida schools with a HUSSC distinction has more than doubled, bringing the total number of schools to 47.

“Florida’s HealthierUS School Challenge Award recipients are committed not only to the education of Florida’s children, but also to their health and well-being," said Commissioner Adam Putnam. "I look forward to working with our state’s schools to encourage efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, as demonstrated by schools like these so Florida can become a nationwide leader in promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyles.”

USDA established HUSSC in 2004 to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have voluntarily created healthier school environments. Schools are awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Awards of Distinction based on the criteria set forth by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.

The 47 Florida schools who have received HUSSC Awards are:

Brevard County School District:

· Jupiter Elementary School (Gold)

Florida State University Schools:

· Florida State University School (Bronze)

Orange County School District:

· Avalon Middle School (Bronze)

· Bridgewater Middle School (Bronze)

· Southwest Middle School (Bronze)

Manatee County School District:

· Haile Middle School (Silver)

· Kinnan Elementary School (Silver)

· Rogers Garden Elementary School (Bronze)

· Sea Breeze Elementary School (Silver)

Palm Beach County School District:

· S.D. Spadey Elementary School (Bronze)

Putnam County School District:

· Middleton-Burney Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

Santa Rosa School District:

· Bagdad Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· Bennett Russell Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· Berryhill Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· Chumuckla Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· East Milton Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· Gulf Breeze Middle School (Bronze)

· Holley Navarre Intermediate School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· Holley Navarre Middle School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· Holley Navarre Primary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· Pea Ridge Elementary Schools (Silver)

· Sims Middle School (Bronze)

· S.S. Dixon Primary School (Silver)

· W.H. Rhodes Elementary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

· West Navarro Intermediate School (Silver)

Sarasota County School District:

· Alta Vista Elementary School (Silver)

· Ashton Elementary School (Bronze)

· Atwater Elementary School (Silver)

· Bay Haven Elementary School (Bronze)

· Brentwood Elementary School (Silver)

· Cranberry Elementary School (Silver)

· Emma E. Booker Elementary School (Silver)

· Englewood Elementary School (Silver)

· Fruitville Elementary School (Silver)

· Garden Elementary School (Silver)

· Glenallen Elementary School (Silver)

· Gocio Elementary School (Silver)

· Gulf Gate Elementary School (Silver)

· Lamarque Elementary School (Silver)

· Lakeview Elementary School (Silver)

· Phillippi Shores Elementary School (Silver)

· Southside Elementary School (Bronze)

· Tatum Ridge Elementary School (Bronze)

· Toledo Blade Elementary School (Silver)

· Tuttle Elementary School (Silver)

· Venice Elementary School (Bronze)

· Wilkinson Elementary School (Silver)

For more information about the HUSSC award, please visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthierus/index.html.


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