Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Whitney Point Central School District's Caryl E. Adams Primary School has earned the Bronze Award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s HealthierUS School Challenge.
The award recognizes the district's commitment to nutrition and fitness to promote a healthier school environment for children.
"For many of our students , these are important meals and we're really proud of the fact we can find the provide the quality of food and nutrition for them and also a lifelong example of what health and wellness is about," said Superintendent Patricia Follette, "Students in our elementary school here get thirty minutes of physical education a day."
The HealthierUS School Challenge is a component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation.
Schools participating in the Challenge voluntarily adopt USDA standards for food they serve at their schools, agree to provide nutrition education and provide opportunities for physical activity.
"For example, we don't use regular iceberg lettuce. All of our lettuce we use is a dark leafy green, romaine lettuce. We're offering more legumes in the menu. We're trying to introduce the students to those kinds of things. A lot of the breads we serve is now whole grain," said Arlin White, Food Service Director for Broome-Tioga BOCES, "Only about five percent of schools across the country get this award."
The school received a plaque, a banner and $500 for the school food services.
"This is where you make a change in the kids. By the time that leave the school, they've developed habits, good or bad. They do a great job here making sure they are good habits," said Ron Keibel, Broome County Legislator.