Kunsberg School Efforts in Nutrition and Exercise to beRecognized at White House Celebration

The Kunsberg School, on the campus of National JewishHealth, will be honored October 17 at a White House reception with MichelleObama for creating an environment that helps children learn about healthy foodchoices and being physically active. Kunsberg has been selected by theDepartment of Agriculture (USDA) as a winner of its Gold Award of Distinction,the highest honor for this program, and will participate in a HealthierUSSchool Challenge Celebration at the White House.

Kunsberg is one ofonly two Coloradoschools to be recognized.  B.F. Kitchen Elementary School in Loveland is the other.

“This is atremendous honor,” said John Reid, Principal of Kunsberg. “This is recognitionof the dedication of our staff and National Jewish Health to promote andachieve a healthy lifestyle for our students.”

First LadyMichelle Obama will host representatives from the winning schools for areception on the White House grounds. The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC)is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schoolsparticipating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthierschool environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. In2010, Obama introduced Let’s Move!, incorporating the HealthierUS SchoolChallenge into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids.

The HealthierUSSchool Challenge encourages schools to promote a healthy school environmentthat provides nutritious meals, while also providing nutrition education,physical education and opportunities for physical activity.

At a later datethe USDA will hold a ceremony at Kunsberg for the students and staff.

The Kunsbergschool is a free day school for up to 90 chronically ill, at risk students in kindergartenthrough eighth grade from the Denvermetro area and is the only school of its kind on a medical campus in thecountry.

“Health,nutrition, 40 minutes per day of physical education and academic achievementare priorities at Kunsberg, and the school has made a conscious effort to makepositive changes that carry over into each child’s lifestyle,” said Reid.

A National JewishHealth dietician plans all meals for Kunsberg children and the meals areprepared to very rigorous standards in the National Jewish Health kitchen. Eachday children are offered a nutritious breakfast and lunch free of charge. Freshfruits and vegetables are offered daily along with low fat and nonfat milk.

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