DeForest Area Middle School receives funds for Fuel Up to Play 60

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DAMS Physical Education/Health Teacher David O’Keefe and Physical Education Teacher Dean Becker with students Dean Rupert, Jhayvin Railey, and Rhett Parker.

DeForest Area Middle School has been chosen to receive $1,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. DeForest was selected from several schools that applied for funding across the state to help them jump-start 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.

This is the third year 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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins 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 1,700 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

Fuel Up to Play 60 is sponsored locally by the Wisconsin Dairy Council, the nutrition education department of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, a nonprofit organization funded by the state’s dairy farmers, that promotes the consumption of Wisconsin dairy products.

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