West Fargo High School has been chosen to receive $2,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, the Midwest Dairy Council announced. West Fargo High School was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain health nutrition and physical activity improvements. This nationwide funding program offers schools up to $4,000 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 Council.
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.
With the money, West Fargo High School students will work with the school nutrition staff to help promote new breakfast and lunch fruit and vegetable offerings through taste samplings and contests. In addition, West Fargo High School students will create new opportunities to be active throughout the day including after-school intramurals, lunch-time lawn games and after school zumba classes.
"The goal of our Fuel Up to Play 60 program is to get kids to make positive changes to their food choices and to get more daily activity," said Ryan Stewart, Assistant Principal of West Fargo High School. He adds "Here at West Fargo High School we are proud of the fact that we require more physical education credits that the state requires. We understand the importance of being physically fit in a time of an obesity epidemic in our country."
More than 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by National Dairy Councils, local Dairy Councils and National Football League (NFL), in collaborations with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 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 also support Fuel Up to Play 60.
"Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in West Fargo Public Schools. Wellness champions and students in more than 12,000 Midwest schools have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools do even more," said Melissa Young, director of Fuel Up to Play 60 for Midwest Dairy Council.
Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpToPlay60.com, including eligibility requirements and the funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 application. There are several application windows each year, including an upcoming deadline on January 15, 2013.