4 Knox County schools honored by USDA in health initiative

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Four Knox County schools took home medals on Monday as part of the USDA's Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge.

West View Elementary and South Knoxville Elementary won gold medals. Dogwood Elementary and Beaumont Magnet Academy took home silver medals.

The challenge was created to promote smarter lunchrooms. The schools showed promise in creating a healthy environment for their students.

The award gives them extra grant money to keep that momentum going.

"We want to make sure they're well fed at breakfast and at lunch to make sure they're prepared to learn in the classroom," said Brett Foster, executive director of school nutrition for Knox County Schools.

The winning schools are asked to make changes to improve the quality of the food served, as well as offer advanced nutrition and physical education opportunities for the students. Foster says this will help increase student health and cut down on childhood obestity.

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