Encouraging healthy eating and physical activity among students is a high priority at every school participating in federal child nutrition programs. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires every school to have wellness committees that create and carry out wellness plans. Oftentimes, the committees have great ideas that can't be implemented for lack of funds.
The National Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with USDA, created the Fuel Up to Play 60 in-school nutrition and physical activity program to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives. The multi-faceted, community-based program has elements for kids, educators, parents and community members. The wellness activities that are part of this program are based on best practices and encourage students to take a leadership role. There are ways for them to get involved in their own wellness — online and offline — every day of the year. Check out the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook for helpful wellness resources and ideas around school breakfast, smarter snacking, farm-to-school, school walking clubs or flag football, in-school activity breaks, etc.
If you need funding to execute plays from your Playbook, Fuel Up to Play 60 is currently seeking applications for its grants worth up to $4,000 per school year. The deadline to apply for the first grant cycle of 2018 is Wednesday, June 13, 2018. There is a second grant application cycle from mid-August through November 7, 2018.
To be eligible, you simply need to:
Find Some Inspiration, Then Apply
If you haven't already chosen plays from the playbook, here's a PDF of some ideas for 2018-2019. Choose one healthy eating play and one physical activity play today and then apply for a grant to help successfully execute them.
Don't miss this opportunity! Apply today!