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Idaho Schools Receive Funds for Wellness Program

Idaho Dairy Council Awards Funding for Fuel Up to Play 60 Schools

(Meridian, ID) – January 13, 2015 – Twenty-Four (24) Idaho schools were selected to receive funding to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives, the Idaho Dairy Council announced today. The schools were selected from among hundreds of schools 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 $59,384. The list includes:

  • Pierce Park Elementary (Boise School District)
  • Discovery Elementary (West Ada School District)
  • Roosevelt Elementary (Boise School District)
  • Heritage Communty Charter (Caldwell School District)
  • Crossroads Middle (West Ada School District)
  • Joplin Elementary (West Ada School District)
  • Ponderosa Elementary (West Ada School District)
  • Meridian Middle (West Ada School District)
  • Siena Elementary (West Ada School District)
  • Peregrine Elementary (West Ada School District)
  • Kootenai Elementary (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Filer Middle School (Filer School District)
  • Minico High School (Minidoka County JointSchool District)
  • Richfield School (Richfield School District)
  • Sawtooth Elementary (Twin Falls School District)
  • Bridgewater Elementary (Bonneviille Joint School District)
  • Lincoln Alternative High School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Rimrock Elementary (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Tiebreaker Elementary (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Rigby Middle School (Jefferson County School District)
  • Swan Valley Elementary (Swan Valley School District)
  • South Fork Elementary (Jefferson County Joint School District)
  • Mountain Valley Elementary (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Lindy Ross Elementary (Clark County School District)

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“The schools participating in Fuel Up To Play 60 have an incredible opportunity to receive funds which enrich their physical activity and nutrition programs. We are thrilled to be able to award these grants and see how students and teachers are embracing the program,” said Crystal Wilson, Senior Director of Health and Wellness with the Idaho Dairy Council.

This nationwide funding program offers schools up to $4,000 per year to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for this competitive program is provided by the Idaho Dairy Council and America’s dairy farm families.

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 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Launched by National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils and National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 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 at FuelUpToPlay60.com. Schools can learn more about eligibility requirements, and find the Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 application, at FuelUpToPlay60.com. There are several application windows each year. The current application window is open. The next application deadline on June 16, 2015.

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About Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research and include tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website, youth challenges and rewards and funding opportunities. The program is designed to help prevent childhood obesity and help youth develop life-long healthy eating and daily physical activity habits. As part of the program, student teams work with adult leaders in each school to make kid-appealing, good-tasting, nutrient-rich foods more available. They also create opportunities for daily physical activity, such as noon  walking clubs and after-school sports and dance clubs. Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages kids to get involved and make changes that will help make their schools healthier places. The program reaches youth directly and engages their help in leading and inspiring their friends.  The United States Department of Agriculture, NFL and National Dairy Council are partners in the program, and it is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association.  Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.

National Dairy Council

The National Dairy Council® (NDC) is the nutrition research, education and communications arm of Dairy Management Inc™. On behalf of U.S. dairy farmers, NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC is dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of consuming milk and milk products throughout a person’s lifespan. For more information, visit www.nationaldairycouncil.org.

About NFL PLAY 60

Designed to help tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations like the National Dairy Council. NFL’s PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit www.NFLRush.com. © 2011 NFL Properties LLC. All NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

For More Information:
Crystal Wilson
Sr. Director of Health & Wellness
Idaho Dairy Council
208.332.1643
cjwilson@idahodairycouncil.org