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USDA official to recognize district's nutrition leadership
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USDA official to recognize district's nutrition leadership

Sarasota County, Florida -- On Tuesday, Sept. 11, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon will visit Phillippi Shores Elementary School in Sarasota to recognize Sarasota County Schools for improving their school meals and meeting the HealthierUS School Challenge for 22 of their elementary schools.

With 17 Silver and 5 Bronze awards, Sarasota County Schools is helping to improve the school nutrition environment in Florida. 


The 22 Sarasota County Schools that received the USDA HealthierUS School Challenge Award are:

• 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)

Established in 2004, HUSSC has recognized thousands of schools across America for their efforts in improving food and beverage offerings, teaching kids about nutritious food choices and being physically active, providing opportunities for physical activity, and having supportive school wellness policies.

In addition, Concannon will discuss USDA’s back to school initiative “The School Day Just Got Healthier” highlighting the new school meal standards which will ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; substantially increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods; offer low-fat or fat-free milk varieties; limit calories based on the age of children to ensure proper portion sizes; and increase focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. 

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