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MUSD earns fitness honor
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Superintendent Jason Messer, on short notice, received word that Manteca Unified was one of 11 districts statewide to win a “Champion for Fitness” Spotlight Award.

At last Tuesday’s school board meeting, he said that Sen. Lois Walk (D-Davis) nominated the district for strides made in nutrition and fitness.

Manteca Unified was named a Gold Country District as “Championship for Fitness” from the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Messer along with Tevani Liotard, who is the district’s elementary physical education coordinator, received congratulations at the Sept. 16 event held in Sacramento from State Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell.

On nutrition side, the district was recognized for its increased amount of grain servings in meals by local vendors, in turn, creating special sized whole grain tortillas for quesadillas and wraps.

Manteca Unified was also noted for developing a brown rice recipe using fresh garlic and lemon juice; incorporating fresh fruit from local vendors; creating healthy recipe bags that educate students how  to make their own healthy snacks; and instituting salad bars at all of the school sites.

 As for fitness, MUSD is a participant in the SHAPE program.

The district has conducted outreach, encouraging parents to come to school and get involved in fitness activities with students while providing training.

In addition, Manteca Unified received kudos for adopting a Game Day curriculum.

Several months ago, Golden West, French Camp, Joseph Widmer, Joshua Cowell, Stella Brockman, and Lathrop School earned the distinction as the first-ever recipients from California to claim the Healthier US School Challenge.