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Idaho Schools Receive Funds For Wellness Programs

Idaho Dairy Council awards funding for Fuel Up to Play 60 schools

MERIDIAN, Idaho  — The Idaho Dairy Council is giving 38 Idaho schools grants to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives. Hundreds of schools from across the country applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Grants awarded for this funding period totaled $123,317. The list of recipients includes:

American Heritage Charter School (Idaho Department of Education) Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (Blackfoot School District)
Castleford School (Castleford School District) Central Elementary School (Sugar-Salem Joint School District)
Compass Public Charter School (Meridian) Crossroads Middle School (West Ada School District)
Discovery Elementary School (West Ada School District) Falcon Ridge Charter School (Idaho Department of Education)
Frontier Elementary School (West Ada School District) Galileo STEM Academy (West Ada School District)
Heritage Community Charter School (Caldwell School District) Hillsdale Elementary School (West Ada School District)
Hunter Elementary School (West Ada School District) Idaho Arts Charter School (Nampa School District)
Kennedy Elementary School (Madison School District) Kershaw Intermediate School (Sugar-Salem Joint 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 Junior High School (Madison School District)
Madison Middle School (Madison School District) Moscow Middle School (Moscow School District)
Mountain Valley Elementary School (Bonneville Joint School District) Pierce Park Elementary School (Boise School District)
Ponderosa Elementary School (West Ada School District) Popplewell Elementary School (Buhl Joint School District)
Richfield School (Richfield School District) Rigby Senior High School (Jefferson County Joint School District)
Ririe High School (Ririe Joint School District) Robert Stuart Junior High School (Twin Falls School District)
Rupert Elementary School (Minidoka County Joint School District) Sandcreek Middle School (Bonneville Joint School District)
Sawtooth Elementary School (Twin Falls School District) Sawtooth Middle School (West Ada School District)
South Fork Elementary School (Jefferson County Joint School District) Victory Middle School (West Ada School District)
White Pine Elementary School (Boise School District) Willow Creek Elementary School (West Ada 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. Visit NFLRush.com for more information.

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.

About Dairy West
Dairy West is a USDA qualified program based in Boise, Idaho, that manages the marketing and promotion work for Idaho’s dairy farm families. This is an exciting evolution in the nationwide checkoff system, and will work sideby-side with the Idaho Dairy Products Commission fulfilling the mission of ensuring the prosperous future of dairy farming in the west. Visit IdahoDairy.com/dairy-west for more information.

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