Nutrition and Wellness Programs

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  • Recently Certified HealthierUS School Challenge Schools

    The following Chicago Public Schools have received the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Certification at the Bronze level for November 2013 through November 2017:

    • Agassiz Elementary School
    • Belding Elementary School
    • Mark Twain Elementary School

    To acknowledge their achievement, the schools will receive a HUSSC award plaque, a banner to display, and a small monetary incentive award ($500 per school for the Bronze award, $1000 per school for the Silver award, $1500 per school for the Gold award, and $2000 per school for the Gold Award of Distinction) for meeting HUSSC’s 2009 criteria. Also, the names of these schools will be proudly added to the HUSSC awardees list on the Team Nutrition HUSSC website.

    If your school is interested in taking the HUSSC, visit for the application and resource materials.  Contact if you have specific questions regarding the application process.

  • HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winning Schools in Illinois

  • New Healthy Lunchtime Recipes

    The 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook by Epicurious, contains 54 winning recipes from over 1,300 junior chef (ages 8-12) submissions.  The student winners received a trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent or legal guardian to attend a State Dinner this past July. Kudos to Taddy Pettit, whose recipe, Black Bean Wrap with Jicama-Grilled Corn Salsa, was the Illinois winner.
  • New Resource Guides Schools to Increase Physical Activity

    Tools to Promote Outdoor Recess to Increase Physical Activity in Schools, created by the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors (ASTPHND) for schools to reference for ideas on ways to increase students’ physical activity. It is a compilation of resources developed by different states as well as organizations related to physical activity.
  • 6th Annual School Wellness Recognition Presentations

  • Illinois School Breakfast Challenge Awards

    The Illinois School Breakfast Challenge is a partnership with ISBE, the Midwest Dairy Council, and Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign.  Congratulations to the 12 schools receiving the Fiscal Year 2013 Illinois School Breakfast Challenge Awards for increasing their breakfast participation rates most significantly.
  • $5,000 Award
    Lexington Junior High, Lexington (McLean County)
    Lester Crawl Primary Center, Lansing
    Jane Addams Elementary, Melrose Park
    Lincoln Elementary, Maywood
  • $3,000 Award
    Olson Park Elementary, Machesney Park (Winnebago County)
    West Richland Junior High, Noble (Richland County)
    Harriet Gifford Elementary, Elgin
    Melrose Park Elementary, Melrose Park
  • $1,000 Awards
    Tonica Grade School, Tonica (LaSalle County)
    West Richland High, Noble (Richland County)
    Laurel Hill Elementary, Hanover Park
    Sheridan Elementary, Elgin

New Grant Opportunities

Annual Special Recognition Events