12 elementary schools awarded the Gold Award of Distinction; fighting childhood obesity
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — The Lafayette parish school system has been recognized by stepping up their healthy eating habits on campus. Twelve elementary schools throughout the parish received the highest level of certification, the Gold award of Distinction, which has only been awarded to sixty-six schools in the state. This award means these twelve elementary schools around the parish have made a difference in helping their children eat healthier and be more physically active.
"The whole focus in all of the changes in schools nationwide is to reduce the obesity issue among children, and the best way to start that is in the schools. The students spend so much time and eat not only lunch, but now we do breakfast, we do after care snacks, and in some schools districts they also offer supper," says Renee Sherville, Director of Child Nutrition Services.
This is a part of the Healthier US School Challenge, which is a voluntary certification initiative to recognize those schools that have created a healthier school environment through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.