School receives funds for wellness program
Weyauwega Elementary School was chosen to receive $1,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative.
The school was selected from several schools which applied for funding across the state to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.
Wisconsin schools are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students.
Funding for the competitive program is provided by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board through Wisconsin’s dairy farmers.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, with additional partnership support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as food service materials and taste-testing supplies, nutrition and physical education equipment.
Weyauwega Elementary plans to use the funding to purchase equipment for indoor recess activity stations, expand its Mileage Walking Club and sponsor taste test events for students.
More than 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in 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.
“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in Wisconsin. Wellness champions and students in more than 2,000 schools have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools to do even more,” said Laura Wilford, director Wisconsin Dairy Council.
Go to www.FuelUptoPlay60.com to learn more about the program.
It is sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Council, a department of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.