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Dairy Council gives Idaho schools nearly $100k for wellness programs

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:

  • Bickel Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Bridgewater Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Cloverdale Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District)
  • Crimson Point Elementary School (Kuna Joint School District)
  • Delco Junior High School (Cassia County School District 151)
  • Desert Sage Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Discovery Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Eagle Hills Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Filer Elementary School (Filer School District)
  • Hope Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District 84)
  • Howard Thirkill Elementary School (Soda Springs School District)
  • B. Perrine Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Jefferson Alternative School (Jefferson County Joint School District 251)
  • Kootenai Elementary School (Lake Pend Oreille School District 84)
  • Lewis and Clark Middle School (West Ada School District)
  • Lincoln Alternative Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District 93)
  • Lindy Ross Elementary School (Clark County School District 161)
  • Mary McPherson Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Minico High School (Minidoka County School District 331)
  • Notus Elementary School (Notus School District 135)
  • Oakley High School (Cassia County School District 151)
  • Rimrock Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District 93)
  • Ririe High School (Ririe School District 252)
  • Robert Stuart Middle School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Sawtooth Middle School (West Ada School District)
  • Siena Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Snake River High School (Snake River School District 52)
  • Soda Springs High School (Soda Springs School District)
  • South Fork Elementary (Jefferson County Joint School District 251)
  • Summit Hills Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District 93)
  • Taylor’s Crossing Charter School (Idaho State Dept. of Education)
  • Tigert Middle School (Soda Springs School District)
  • Vera C. O’Leary Middle School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Woodland Middle School (Coeur d’Alene School District 271)

“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.

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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® 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.
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