The Lafayette Parish School System announced today that twelve public schools have received the Gold Award of Distinction through the Healthier US School Challenge.

The HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of physical activity and nutrition.

The goal, they point out, is to identify those schools that made changes to improve the quality of the foods that are served, provide students with nutrition and physical education and opportunities for physical activity.

School cafeteria managers will be recognized at the Lafayette Parish School Board meeting on Wednesday, August 21.

HUSSC says the following schools worked to help their students to eat healthier and be more physically active by meeting the group's requirements:


  • • Broadmoor Elementary School
  • • Carencro Heights Elementary School
  • • Charles M. Burke Elementary School
  • • Duson Elementary School
  • • J. Wallace James Elementary School
  • • Katharine Drexel Elementary School
  • • Live Oak Elementary School
  • • Myrtle Place Elementary School
  • • Plantation Elementary School
  • • Prairie Elementary School
  • • Ridge Elementary School
  • • Westside Elementary School