HSC & Partners Launch Go for the Gold Campaign: New Healthy Menus for Chicago Public Schools Ignite

April 20, 2010 | Written By:

preview healthy new school food menus

HSC is
joining forces with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the USDA Midwest and
the Illinois State Board of Education to help schools across the city
Go for the Gold
in food and fitness.

As schools nationwide respond
to First Lady Michelle Obama's call to take on the
School Challenge
, efforts such as this one can provide lessons for
how we all approach wellness at school.

To achieve the gold standard, schools must meet
health-promoting criteria for school food, physical activity and
nutrition education. Chicago Public Schools Nutrition Services announced
that all school food will meet the gold standard beginning in the
2010-2011 school year. With this healthy change at the district level,
individual schools are well-positioned to strive for the gold by making
changes to promote physical activity and nutrition education.

“What makes Go for the Gold unique is the way it brings together so
many partners in promoting school wellness,” said HSC founding executive
director Rochelle Davis. “We're thrilled to see CPS taking the lead in
improving school food and supporting school efforts to make change.”

Sen. Dick Durbin tries a healthy school lunch
designed by students at Tilden High School

Sen. Dick Durbin joined students in sampling the
new healthy menu when he visited Tilden High School on April 6 to
congratulate the student chefs who won first place in HSC's Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest.

Durbin ate lunch with the winning team — enjoying the healthy jambalaya
they designed — and spoke with students about the importance of
healthy eating.

“It's inspiring to see our nation's third-largest district take on this
challenge and exciting to see so many community partners step forward to
support the effort,” said Davis. “I believe the lessons we learn will
be valuable to advocates and school leaders nationwide.”

Learn more about the Go for the Gold campaign here »

Check out photos of Sen. Durbin's visit to
Tilden High School »

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