It was my privilege to celebrate National School Lunch Week in Byram, MS, the greater Jackson area, to recognize Byram Middle School for meeting the Gold level of the HealthierUS School Challenge. I was glad that Deuce McAllister, retired running back for the New Orleans Saints and Ole Miss, was also there to talk to the students about the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness as part of Fuel Up to Play 60. Deuce and I both agree that it is so important that our children are healthy and active, that they not go hungry, and that they have access to nutritious meals.
USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge helps accomplish these objectives by recognizing schools that create and maintain healthy school environments by promoting good nutrition and physical activity. It’s a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.
841 Gold of Distinction, Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards have been given to schools across the country in the HealthierUS School Challenge. During National School Lunch Week, USDA is recognizing partners all across the country, like Byram Middle School, that are leading their students forward on the road to wellness.