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Thursday April 19, 2012

Frederick H Tuttle Middle School has been awarded $3,450 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative.  FHTMS was selected from hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy 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 New England Dairy & Food Council and America’s dairy farmers.

“The grant helped us purchase a stationary bicycle blender.  During our kickoff event, we made over 400 fruit yogurts smoothies.  Students signed a pledge to eat well and be active on a daily basis.  It is great to see students taking action for their own health by being physically active and learning to taste and appreciate healthy foods through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program,” said Matt Guyette, School Guidance Counselor and Fuel Up to Play Program Advisor.  “The earlier we can instill habits of wellness, the easier it will be for students to maintain them in the future.  Students were really excited to use the blender and drink their creations.”

In addition, grant funds will be used for new recess equipment and to promote FHTMS’s “Walk and Roll: Moving in May” initiative which will encourage walking and biking to school as well as promoting healthy breakfast choices. 

More than 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL), in collaboration 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 are also supporting Fuel Up to Play 60, now in its third year.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in Vermont. Wellness champions and students in more than 230 schools in Vermont have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools to do even more,” said Jill Goodroe, nutrition specialist for New England Dairy & Food Council.    

Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpToPlay60.com.

SOURCE: Matt Guyette, FHTMS