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Dairy Council gives Idaho schools $231k for wellness programs, nutrition equipment

MERIDIAN, Idaho (Sept. 7, 2016) — The Idaho Dairy Council is giving 41 Idaho schools grants to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives this fall. 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 $130,530.

With assistance from the National Dairy Council, the National Football League, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Idaho’s dairy farm families have contributed more than $860,000 to schools throughout the Gem State since Fuel Up to Play 60 launched in 2010.

“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, which has inspired millions of youth nationwide to lead healthier lifestyles,” Crystal Wilson, vice president of health and wellness at the Idaho Dairy Council, says. “And the new nutrition equipment grants will help Idaho schools acquire the tools and create the space they need to ensure students have access to nutritious foods.”

The national Fuel Up to Play 60 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. 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. The Idaho Dairy Council and America’s dairy farm families fund this competitive program.

Parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpToPlay60.com. Schools can learn more about eligibility requirements and complete the Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 application at the website, too. There are several application windows each year, and the deadline to apply for the next funding cycle is Nov. 2, 2016.

USDA offers new nutrition equipment and infrastructure grants to schools nationwide
In February, the USDA and National Dairy Council announced the availability of $35 million in federal and private NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure. Eligible school districts nationwide had the opportunity to apply for funds to support the purchase of such large and small items as utility carts, utensils, large-capacity food processors, industrial scales, steamers, and freezers.

This additional funding opportunity allowed Idaho dairy farm families to award an additional $101,048 to 54 Gem State schools to help fund these improvements.

“School meals are important for assuring student health and academic success, and a growing body of research suggests improving access to nutritious foods helps kids learn,” Wilson, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified health coach, adds. “It’s exciting to be able to award Idaho schools nearly a quarter-million dollars in grants this funding cycle between the two programs.”

Visit www.fns.usda.gov/2016-nslp-equipment-assistance-grants for more information regarding the NSLP Nutrition Assistance Grants.

Idaho Fuel Up to Play 60 Fall 2016 grant recipients (Total grants: $130,530 in Idaho)

  • Blackfoot Charter School (Blackfoot School District)
  • Bridgewater Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Burton Elementary School (Madison School District)
  • Castleford School (Castleford School District)
  • Central Elementary School (Sugar-Salem School District)
  • Cloverdale Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Crimson Point Elementary School (Kuna Joint School District)
  • Crossroads Middle School (West Ada School District)
  • Declo Junior High School (Cassia County School District)
  • Discovery Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Eagle Middle School (West Ada School District)
  • Galileo K-8 (West Ada School District)
  • Heritage Community Charter School (Caldwell School District)
  • Iona Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Kennedy Elementary School (Madison School District)
  • Kershaw Intermediate School (Sugar-Salem School District)
  • Kootenai Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Lake Hazel Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Lincoln Elementary School (Madison School District)
  • Madison Middle School (Madison School District)
  • Malad Middle School (Oneida County School District)
  • Morningside Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Moscow Middle-High School (Moscow School District)
  • Mountain Valley Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Palouse Prairie School (Idaho Dept. of Education)
  • Pierce Park Elementary School (Boise School District)
  • Ponderosa Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Rigby Middle School (Jefferson County School District)
  • Rigby Senior High School (Jefferson County School District)
  • Ririe Elementary School (Ririe School District)
  • Ririe High School (Ririe School District)
  • River Valley Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Rocky Mountain Middle School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Roosevelt Elementary School (Boise School District)
  • Rupert Elementary School (Minidoka School District)
  • Sawtooth Middle School (West Ada School District)
  • South Fork Elementary (Jefferson County School District)
  • Summit Hills Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Tiebreaker Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Vera C. O’Leary Middle School (Twin Falls School District)
  • White Pine Elementary School (Boise School District)

 

Idaho 2016 USDA FUTP60 Equipment Assistance Grant recipients (Total grants: $101,048 in Idaho)

  • Athol Elementary School (Lakeland School District)
  • Betty Kiefer Elementary School (Lakeland School District)
  • Bickel Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Canyon Ridge High School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Farmin Stidwell Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Garwood Elementary School (Lakeland School District)
  • Hansen Elementary School (Hansen School District)
  • Hansen Junior-Senior High School (Hansen School District)
  • Harrison Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Heyburn Elementary School (St. Maries Joint School District)
  • Hope Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy (Orofino Joint School District)
  • John Brown Elementary School (Lakeland School District)
  • Juliaetta Elementary School (Kendrick Joint School District)
  • Kendrick Junior-Senior High School (Kendrick Joint School District)
  • Kershaw Intermediate School (Sugar-Salem Joint School District)
  • Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Lakeland Junior High School (Lakeland School District)
  • Lakeland Senior High School (Lakeland School District)
  • Lakeside Elementary School (Plummer/Worley Joint School District)
  • Lakeside Junior-Senior High School (Plummer/Worley Joint School District)
  • Lewis & Clark Middle School (West Ada School District)
  • Meadow Valley Schools (Meadow Valley School District)
  • McCain Middle School (Payette Joint School District)
  • Meridian Middle School (West Ada School District)
  • Morningside Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Northside Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Oregon Trail Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Orofino Elementary School (Orofino Joint School District)
  • Orofino High School (Orofino Joint School District)
  • Payette Primary School (Payette Joint School District)
  • Peck Elementary School (Orofino Joint School District)
  • Pinehurst Elementary School (Kellogg Joint School District)
  • Popplewell Elementary School (Buhl Joint School District)
  • Ririe Elementary School (Ririe Joint School District)
  • Ririe High School (Ririe Joint School District)
  • Robert Stuart Junior High School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Sagle Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Sandpoint High School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Sandpoint Junior High School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Southside Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)
  • Spirit Lake Elementary School (Lakeland School District)
  • Maries High School (St. Maries Joint School District)
  • Maries Middle School (St. Maries Joint School District)
  • Sts Peter & Paul School (Private)
  • Swan Valley Elementary (Swan Valley School District)
  • Timberlake Junior High School (Lakeland School District)
  • Timberlake Senior High School (Lakeland School District)
  • Timberline Elementary School (Orofino Joint School District)
  • Timberline High School (Orofino Joint School District)
  • Twin Lakes Elementary School (Lakeland School District)
  • UpRiver Elementary/Junior High School (St. Maries Joint School District)
  • Washington Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District)

 

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.

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 NFLRush.com.

About the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Under the leadership of President Obama and Secretary Vilsack, USDA has made significant and transformative investments in the lives of Americans living, working and raising families in the United States. In the area of nutrition, since 2009, USDA has made significant progress in maximizing the ability of our nutrition programs to fight hunger and improve health, while also ensuring that benefits are delivered efficiently and with integrity. USDA’s implementation of the historic, bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has led to more than 98 percent of schools meeting updated, science-based nutrition standards for school meals, as well as ensuring that more than 50 million children have access to a healthier school food environment. Visit USDA.gov for more information.

About the National Dairy Council

The National Dairy Council® 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. Visit NationalDairyCouncil.org for more information.

About the Idaho Dairy Council

The Idaho Dairy Council provides nutrition education to the entire state of Idaho as a nonprofit organization supported by the United Dairymen of Idaho. The council provides free, science-based nutrition resources to educators, students, health and foodservice professionals and the public via curriculum, materials, funding and nutrition instruction. Visit IdahoDairy.org for more information.

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