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Three Tucson schools have received national honors for their health and fitness efforts.

C.E. Rose and Tully elementary schools, as well as Pueblo Magnet High School were given bronze awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge for excelling in three areas: offering healthy food options, providing nutrition education and increasing physical activity.

The schools have taken measures, such as starting gardening programs, introducing students to different fruits, and providing healthy recipes in English and Spanish.

The district is "excited" these schools are being honored for changing the culture said Cara Rene, a spokeswoman with the Tucson Unified School District.

Pueblo is the first high school in the state to receive the honor, she said.