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Kennewick Schools Honored with National Nutrition Award

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OLYMPIA, Wash., -- A total of 15 local schools have won an award for improving the health of their students by providing healthy food options.

The awards were selected by the National School Lunch program as part of the HealthierUS School Challenge.  Among other functions, the HealthierUS School Challenge supports First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign by helping schools raise healthy children.

The criteria for an award are to: improve the nutritional quality of school food, provide students with nutrition education and provide students with physical education and activity.

In total, 74 schools in Washington are winners.  Since 2011, 156 Washington schools have won an award.

This is the second time all of Kennewick's schools won the honor and a $500 award for each school, so far collecting $14,000.  "

"It actually takes a daily commitment from all of the staff at each of those elementary schools to make it happen. And a lot of support from our nutrition services department," said Lorraine Cooper with the Kennewick School District.


The award is based on the nutritional value of the food served, providing students with nutritional education as well as physical education and activity opportunities.

Here's the local list:


Kennewick School District
Amistad Elementary School (Bronze)
Canyon View Elementary School (Bronze)
Cascade Elementary School (Bronze)
Cottonwood Elementary School (Bronze)
Eastgate Elementary School (Bronze)
Edison Elementary School (Bronze)
Hawthorne Elementary School (Bronze)
Lincoln Elementary School (Bronze)
Ridge View Elementary School (Bronze)
Southgate Elementary School (Bronze)
Sunset View Elementary School (Bronze)
Vista Elementary School (Bronze)
Washington Elementary School (Bronze)
Westgate Elementary School (Bronze)

Yakima School District
Robertson Elementary School (Bronze)