School receives nutrition, physical activity grant

Hackett Elementary in Beloit to receive $500 for Fuel Up to Play 60

Published On: Dec 15 2013 12:25:35 PM CST
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BELOIT, Wis. -

Hackett Elementary has been chosen to receive a grant to help jump-start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity, according to a release.

The school will receive $500 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, officials said. Hackett was selected from several schools that applied for funding across Wisconsin. Schools are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to help increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich food and physical activity opportunities for students.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to the release. The program encourages students to consume nutrient-rich foods and participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

School officials said the funds will provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as food service materials and taste-testing samples, nutrition and physical education equipment.

Hackett’s physical education teacher Sarah Cary said in the release they plan to offer classrooms healthy smoothies as incentives, and during monthly family nights guests will be offered healthy food options, along with recipes for families to try at home.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower students to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their school, according to the release. More than 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in the initiative.

Funding for the program is provided by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board through Wisconsin’s dairy farmers, according to the release.