Balsz Elementary School Recognized for Healthy School Environment

Balsz Elementary School in Phoenix will be celebrated their recent Silver Award status in the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) on Thursday with a special visit from NFL Alumni

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Andre Wadsworth! The school has been focusing on creating a healthy school environment by implementing the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program and following the guidelines set in place by the USDA’s HUSSC program.

FUTP60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to combat childhood obesity. FUTP60 helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The program is customizable and non-prescriptive which makes it a great compliment to other school wellness initiatives (

The HUSSC is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and administered by the Arizona Department of Education, the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime (

The Arizona Cardinals have partnered with the Dairy Council of Arizona to promote healthier school environments by encouraging kids to eat healthy including dairy and other nutrient rich foods and be active for 60 minutes a day.

“The Department of Education is proud of Balsz Elementary School District for achieving the Healthier US School Challenge Silver Awards!  This award demonstrates their commitment to excellence in setting a healthy school environment, promoting student learning and well-being for lifelong success.  We hope this will encourage other schools to follow their example in providing and being recognized for excellent nutrition and physical education programs,” said Superintendent John Huppenthal.

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