Gardens, morning jogs and healthier vending machines are all part of the Alachua County school district’s effort to promote healthy living, and two elementary schools have been nationally recognized for the effort.
Metcalfe and Rawlings elementary schools have been recognized as winners of the Gold Award of Distinction as part of the USDA’s Healthier US School Challenge.
According to the USDA, the program was designed to recognize excellence in nutrition and physical activity. The Gold Award of Distinction is the highest award given by the federal program, and it includes a $2,000 prize.
The standards required to apply for the certification have been adopted countywide, according to Director of Alachua County Food and Nutrition Services Maria Eunice.