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USDA Undersecretary Janey Thornton Honors Lamar County Schools for Excellence in Healthier US School

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 09 Dec 2010 08:15am | comments
P.E time at Sumrall Elementary pays off in a big way

As Mississippi continues to fight the battle of the bulge the Lamar County school district is being saluted for its efforts in meeting the USDA's Healthier US School Challenge. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how they did it.

With a background of dozens of screaming students, running, playing and having fun on the playground, Daniel Sumrall. principal or Sumrall Elementary School says after years of preparation they are finally being recognized as helping students get healthy.

"We started with everything from working on taking the coke machines out of our schools and the vending machines to increasing our minutes in P.E. and then changing our music program to a music and movement program so its been an ongoing process for about 6 years.”

Sumrall says all of their hard work is finally paying off. Yesterday Janey Thornton, with USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services recognized 11 schools within Lamar County for their excellence in school nutrition.

“From the governor down people have made a commitment to change and make a difference. Everybody working together and as I said earlier to quit trying to place blame on who’s at fault and say what can we do to change what we have right this minute? So I think you’re gonna see big change in Mississippi.”

In the months and years to come Becke Bounds, Child Nutrition Director for Lamar County Schools says they will continue to focus on the importance of proper diet and exercise not only with students but also their parents.

“We’ve gotta go back to those home cooked meals and family time. And nutrition is such an intricate part to academic success, we’ve just gotta go back and do a little bit of re-education and what better resource than the school district

In particular Thornton recognized Purvis High School as being the first high school in the nation to receive USDA's Gold of Distinction Award. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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P.E time at Sumrall Elementary pays off in a big way


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