FAIRFIELD, Conn. – All of Fairfield’s elementary schools were honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge.
The Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge recognizes schools that create a healthier environment by encouraging better lunches and more physical activity. Each of Fairfield’s 11 elementary schools won the program’s Bronze Award last week. About 5,100 schools have earned some level of distinction nationwide.
The Bronze Level certification means that a school’s cafeterias must serve school lunches that meet the USDA’s guidelines, and must also offer food and beverages with low levels of fat, added sugars and sodium. A certified program must also offer nutrition education for students and provide physical education and other opportunities for students to be physically active during the school day.
“We wish to congratulate Joann Fitzpatrick, manager of Food and Nutrition Services, and her staff for being nationally recognized for creating healthier school environments,” Fairfield Public Schools said in a statement released last week.