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Ridgemont accepts healthy ‘Challenge’

Ridgemont accepts healthy ‘Challenge’
Another school in the Obion County School System has accepted a healthy “Challenge” and been rewarded for the effort.
The HealthierUS School Challenge has announced Ridgemont Elementary School is an additional new award winner from Obion County.
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
Since the beginning of the effort, awards have been given to schools in 44 states. Only 1,541 schools nationwide are currently certified, as of Sept. 21.
Ridgemont was approved at the bronze award level for the certification period of September 2011 through September 2015.
To acknowledge the achievement, the school will receive a HUSSC award plaque, a banner to display and a small monetary incentive award of $500 for the bronze award for meeting HUSSC’s 2009 updated criteria. Plus, the name of the school will be proudly added to the HUSSC awardees list on the Team Nutrition HUSSC website.
Two other local schools — Lake Road Elementary School and South Fulton Elementary School — were also approved for honor at the bronze level a few weeks ago for a certification period of July 2011 to July 2015.
The Tennessee Depart-ment of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have commended the local schools for the exemplary steps, leadership and teamwork employed to make changes to their schools’ nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and enhance their physical activity programs. Published in The Messenger 9.27.11

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