Sanford Middle School is recognized for its healthy environment

Lee County's Sanford Middle School was recently recognized with the Gold Award of Distinction in the HealthierUS School Challenge, or HUSSC.

HUSSC is a voluntary certification program for schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. The national certification program recognizes schools creating healthier environments through good nutrition and physical activity

Sanford Middle netted the highest possible certification in the program. According to information on the school system's website, the distinction was achieved by planning nutritious menus and offering physical activities each day.

Meals include whole grains, a fruit and vegetable, and low-fat or non-fat milk. The school also provides 300 minutes of physical activity each week.