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Colorado Schools Recognized in Nutrition Challenge

First Lady Michelle Obama today celebrated more than 1,200 schools—including 35 in Colorado—that made changes to boost nutrition and physical activity under the HealthierUS School Challenge.

The voluntary program encourages schools to improve the amount of healthy foods available in cafeterias and increase kids’ physical activity. Last year First Lady Obama made an ambitious goal to double the number of schools participating in the program—one she said the country has now exceeded.

Schools participating in the challenge received gold, silver or bronze distinctions. Boulder Valley School District, which started revamping its school lunches in 2009, received three-fourths of Colorado’s 35 awards.

“It’s validating for the school district that supported the change that we really can do healthy food—and that not only do we know it’s important, other people know it as well,” said Ann Cooper, director of food services for the district.

All of the schools recognized will receive a small cash award. Cooper says Boulder Valley School District will invest its money back into the school lunch program.