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Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School earns healthy school award

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WAVERLY (KWWL) - Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School earned a national award Thursday.

The award recognized the school as one of the healthiest in the state.

The Iowa Department of Education reports 59 schools out of Iowa's approximate 1,400 have received a similar award.

The "Healthier US School Challenge" (HUSSC) was established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to recognize schools that create healthier school environments by providing nutrition education, nutritious food and beverage choices, physical education and opportunities for physical activity.

"It took us a long time to collect all the information we needed to send off to the state level first, and then it made it to the district level and the federal level," said Kristie Kuhse, a family and consumer sciences teacher.

Kuhse said the process took about 2 years.

"It's really important for our students to learn these skills and carry over into adulthood -- the 'healthy eating, being active' will travel with them onto high school and beyond," said Kuhse.

On Thursday, students celebrated the school's accomplishment with an assembly and by taste-testing new menu items at lunch.
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