HealthierUS School Challenge

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) was established in 2004 through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve the health of children in the United States. This is a voluntary initiative which recognizes schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. There are four levels of HUSSC accomplishment: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold with Distinction.

When a school is designated as a HUSSC award winner, the school pledges to continue to support health and wellness initiatives throughout the four-year certification period. This includes serving lunch meals that (1) meet the School Meal Initiative (SMI) requirements, (2) include low fat or fat free milk, a variety of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes and (3) are low in saturated fats, trans fat, dietary cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. There are also nutrition education, physical education, physical activity, and environmental policy requirements that should continue during the entire certification period.

Schools that attain the designation of a HUSSC school receive monetary awards:

Award Level

Federal Funds

State Funds*

Total Award

Gold with Distinction
















* Contingent upon availability of funds

All schools may apply for the HUSSC recognition; however, State funds are strictly limited to public schools. State funding is limited to $200,000 per year. Please see Mississippi State Board of Education Policy 4011 for more information regarding State incentives and nutrition standards.

Effective July 1, 2011, HUSSC applicants that have been awarded previously will be allowed to begin the application process for a higher award level one year from the date they received their last award.

To begin the HUSSC application process, download the application materials from the internet links below.

Office of Healthy Schools     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1737     Fax: (601) 576-1417

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