Fairfield Public Schools' Food Service Department has received the U.S. Department of Agriculture Healthier U.S. School Challenge Bronze Award at each of its 11 elementary schools, according to a news release from the school district.

The schools include Burr, Dwight, Holland Hill, Jennings, McKinley, Mill Hill, North Stratfield, Osborn Hill, Riverfield, Roger Sherman and Stratfield. The release states that the award recognizes schools for:

serving school lunches that reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans;

restricting the availability of foods and beverages at school to those that meet healthier guidelines of lower fat, added sugars and sodium;

offering nutrition education for students to learn to make healthy choices;

providing physical education and opportunities for students to be physically active during the school day.

The challenge, a voluntary certification initiative established in 2004, recognizes schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments by promoting nutrition and physical activity.

First lady Michelle Obama in 2010 incorporated the program into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of children.