Schools looking for funding opportunities to improve nutrition and physical activity levels among their students can apply for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60.
Schools across the United States that are looking for funds to improve nutrition and physical activity options for their students can apply for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 by November 5. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school program that provides students with concrete opportunities to be more active and improve healthy eating, motivating them to eat nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. More than 70,000 schools have embraced the program to encourage students to take positive steps for their own health.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is offering up to $4,000 a year to K-12 schools enrolled in the program, to support implementation of new wellness initiatives. To qualify for the competitive funding program, schools must be enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 for the 2014-2015 school year. They must have a registered Program Advisor – a coach of the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 team who helps recruit other adults and students to join – and participate in the National School Lunch Program. They must also complete the School Wellness Investigation to collect information about their current nutrition and physical activity environment and identify opportunities for improvement. All applications must include Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plans. Schools looking to apply can start by choosing one Physical Activity Play and one Healthy Eating Play from the 2014-2015 Playbook, available on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website.
Fuel Up to Play 60 was founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009 to empower students to make positive changes in their nutrition and activity levels.
The funding for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 is provided by America’s Dairy Farmers and the collaborators for the November funding round: Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools, The Quaker Oats Company, and Dean Foods. Applicants will be notified of the funding decisions in January 2015.