NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ Federal officials say 40 Connecticut schools have won special recognition for promoting good nutrition and physical activity, putting them among only 1 percent of schools nationwide receiving the honors.

Six of the highest-ranking schools are in New London, which has been recognized for special nutrition efforts such as providing food to students in the district’s after-school programs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated the six schools with its silver awards, the only schools in Connecticut receiving that honor. The other 34 were given bronze designation for its food choices, physical activities and other efforts.

Sixteen of those schools are in West Hartford and 12 are in Stamford. The others are in Norwalk, Weston, Wilton and Stonington.

The USDA says only 1,504 schools nationwide have qualified for the awards so far.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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