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DC Bilingual Public Charter School Receives Award for Its ‘Healthier’ Initiative

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon joined representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to present the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award with Distinction to CentroNía’s DC Bilingual Public Charter School. Founded in 2004, DC Bilingual serves more than 350 students from PreK to 5th grade. Concannon also highlighted National Nutrition Month (March) and spoke to students, school administrators and food service staff about providing healthy meals to get children fueled and ready to learn.

“The HealthierUS School Challenge achievement demonstrates D.C. Bilingual’s deep commitment to create and maintain a healthy school environment by promoting good nutrition and physical activity,” Concannon said. “This event helps highlight the importance of the HealthierUS School Challenge and some of the ways that children and communities can become involved.”

DC Bilingual cultivates “a nurturing, engaging, multicultural environment where young leaders become bilingual and bi-literate in Spanish and English.” Recognizing that food is a crucial factor in the physical and intellectual development of children, the school provides students with homemade delicious and nutritious meals prepared from fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of whole grains and legumes and lean proteins. In addition, DC Bilingual’s Food & Nutrition Department provides nutritional educational workshops to parents, teachers and community where they learn basic nutrition and healthy life style choices to model for their children.

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a key 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.

USDA recently announced that it will be investing $5.5 million in grants with approximately $2.5 million set aside to provide non-competitive grants (up to $50,000) to each State Agency that commits to specific strategies to increase the number of HealthierUS School Challenge applications submitted for approval. Up to $350,000 may be requested to include both competitive and non-competitive grants.