Food Service Director represents Norris at National Healthy Schools Forum in Little Rock

Food Service Director represents Norris at National Healthy Schools Forum in Little Rock

Monday, October 29, 2012

Norris Food Service Director Linda Truscott flew to Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday, October 20 for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation awards program as part of its annual National Healthy Schools Forum. Truscott  was an invited representative of the award-winning Norris District, and her travel was funded by The Alliance. There, Truscott participated in the welcome fair and checked out support for healthy schools initiatives at exhibitor booths.  School districts from 20 different states were honored at this year's Forum.

While in attendance, Truscott participated in a Walk the Talk challenge on the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library lawn and did a 30 minute Zumba routine with tae bo exercise video celebrity Billy Bands. She also had the opportunity to learn from panel presentations featuring school districts achieving the highest level of recognition from this national nonprofit aimed at reducing childhood obesity and improving the health of the nation. The highlights of the conference included a speech from former President Bill Clinton, who congratulated the winning schools and urged them to carry on their mission of helping students become fit and nutritionally sound.

Norris was just one of four Nebraska school districts earning awards for this past year and represented at the national conference – out of nearly 250 Nebraska school systems. Alliance leader Shannon Vogler provided the recognition to winning schools: Vogler is the Healthy Schools Program Manager for Nebraska and also a Norris District parent.

Truscott has targeted her next goal as achieving the USDA's HUSSC program distinction. This is called the Healthier US School Challenge and each school that qualifies automatically earns a $500 cash award for meeting the rigorous new nutrition requirements and promoting health in their schools.