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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #11-32
April 22, 2011
Contact: Tina Jung
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for the Week Ending April 22, 2011

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issues this week's Education Roundup featuring education-related announcements of public interest.

Central Valley Schools Earn Highest "Healthy Schools" Honor

Six schools in Stanislaus County last week received the nation's first U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Gold Award of Distinction. The schools join an elite group nationwide that is recognized for health, nutrition, and fitness excellence. The winners are:

  • Paradise Elementary in the Paradise Elementary School District, Modesto.
  • Peterson Alternative Center for Education of the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto.
  • Shiloh Elementary in the Shiloh Elementary School District, Modesto.
  • Dena Boer in the Salida Union Elementary School District, Salida.
  • Salida Elementary in the Salida Union Elementary School District, Salida.
  • Sisk Elementary, Salida Union Elementary School District, Salida.

The HUSSC is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. Schools participating in the challenge voluntarily adopt USDA standards for food they serve at their schools and agree to provide nutrition education and opportunities for physical activity. These six schools met high standards for the nutritional content of school lunch meals, emphasizing whole grains, fresh fruit, dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and offer only low-fat or fat-free milk.

The HUSSC aligns with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's "Team California Campaign for Healthy Kids" that encourages physical activity and good eating habits in schools and communities. For information on HUSSC, please visit HealthierUS School Challenge [Note: The preceding link is no longer active.].

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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