Rhonda Ketner, nutritional service director (L)and John Stewart, business manager from South Burlington School District are presented with $11,291 in funding from New England Dairy & Food Council Registered Dietitian Jill Goodroe (R) for Fuel Up to Play 60.

District Receives Funds for Wellness Program

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Thursday July 16, 2015

The New England Dairy & Food Council presented the South Burlington School District with a check for $11,291 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. The district was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition improvements. This nationwide program offers schools funding 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 the dairy farmers of Vermont and New England.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provides 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. The South Burlington School District will use the funds to purchase equipment to offer and promote smoothies as a breakfast option. Students will be involved in selecting new smoothie offerings through taste tests and recipe contests. In addition, the district will use the funds to update their milk coolers so delicious, cold milk can be provided during meals.

“We believe smoothies offer a fresh, kid appealing approach to breakfast and, when paired with other nutritious offerings such as homemade whole grains, can provide a complete breakfast for our students,” said Rhonda Ketner, nutritional services director, South Burlington School District. 

Nearly 74,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils 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 also support Fuel Up to Play 60.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in Vermont. Wellness champions and students in more than 270 schools have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools do even more,” said Jill Goodroe, nutrition specialist, New England Dairy & Food Council.

Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpToPlay60.com. There are several application windows each year, including upcoming deadlines in November 2015.