Secondary School Uses Grant Funds for Recess and Smoothies
Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial School has been awarded $4,000 to support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives, as a part the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which encourages students to eat healthy, be active and implement positive changes in their schools and communities. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy and the NFL in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.
LCWM was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them incorporate sustainable health and wellness initiatives and improvements in their schools and communities. This nationwide funding program offers schools up to $4,000.00 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 Midwest Dairy.
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation.
LCWM Secondary School purchased a smoothie machine and recess equipment earlier this school year with these funds. Unlike in the past, students can now play four square, nine square, and catch during lunch and break times, giving students the opportunity for additional physical activity throughout the school day.
The smoothie maker was a hit and enjoyed by many students during Snow Week’s “Class Buy Out” day. Its ease of use will hopefully allow this nutrient-rich snack option to be offered to students on a more regular basis; possibly an addition to the breakfast line or during lunch.
“Fuel Up to Play 60 is in over 73,000 schools across the nation and empowers students to take action to improve the wellness of their schools and communities. It also teaches them the importance of eating healthy and being physically active in a way that is fun and motivating,” says Midwest Dairy Vice President of Dairy Experience-Wellness Julie Mattson Ostrow, MS, RD. “We are happy to reward Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial with funds to help them continue their great work in leading their school and community to healthier lifestyles.”
Schools, parents and students can find more details about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpToPlay60.com, including eligibility requirements and the Funds Fuel Up to Play 60 application.