DeForest Area Middle School has been chosen to receive $1,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. The middle school was selected from several schools that 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 this competitive program is provided by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board through Wisconsin’s dairy farmers.
The school also received a Jordy Nelson autographed Packer football to raffle off to a student participant of Fuel Up to Play 60.
According to middle school physical education teacher Dean Becker, DeForest Area Middle School has the largest number of students involved in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in the State of Wisconsin. Since starting the program in September, the school has won tickets to a Packer game for four students and two teachers (this also included the chance for students to run out of the tunnel and be on the field), $400 operating the program, the $1,000 for their healthy smoothly morning breakfast program, and the NFL football signed by Jordy Nelson. One top-earning student also won a personalized Packer jersey.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 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 foodservice materials and taste-testing supplies, nutrition and physical education equipment.
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.
Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at www.FuelUptoPlay60.com.