The Idaho Dairy Council is giving 34 Idaho schools grants to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives this spring. The schools were selected from among hundreds across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Grants awarded for this funding period totaled $95,822. The list includes:
“The Idaho Dairy Council’s core mission is to provide science-based nutrition education to health professionals, school professionals and the public, so we’re thrilled to be involved in Fuel Up to Play 60,” Crystal Wilson, senior director of health and wellness with the Idaho Dairy Council, says. “These grants enrich thousands of youth physical activity and nutrition programs nationwide, and Idaho’s dairy farm families have contributed more than $730,000 to schools throughout the Gem State since the initiative launched in 2010.”
This nationwide program offers schools up to $4,000 per school year to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical-activity opportunities for students. The Idaho Dairy Council and America’s dairy farm families fund this competitive program.
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation.
More than 73,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60, and more than 38 million students have been reached through the program nationwide. Launched by National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils and National Football League in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture, the program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Multiple health organizations and several major corporations are also supporting Fuel Up to Play 60.
Parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60. Schools can learn more about eligibility requirements and find the Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 application. There are several application windows each year. The deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 school year is in June 14, 2016 and November 2, 2016.