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