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Fort Campbell joins Healthier US School Challenge

By Capt. Christina Deehl, Blanchfield Army Community Hospita

The Fort Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell, KY | April 4, 2013

Good nutrition begins at home and must continue at school. To improve our children's school lunches, Fort Campbell Schools teamed up with registered dietitians at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. All nine schools committed to making Fort Campbell children healthier by applying to the HealthierUS School Challenge. The HUSSC is a voluntary certification established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. There are different levels of awards, from gold to bronze, based on criteria met. In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the "Let's Move!" initiative, incorporating the HUSSC into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. The Fort Campbell school district understands  schools play an important role in helping to reduce childhood obesity. BACH has been working with each school to develop action plans to accomplish their health and wellness goals, as well as with Jarrett Rogers, the school district food service director to implement change.

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