PES Awarded Fuel Up to Play Wellness Grant
Pittsfield Elementary School has been awarded $2,700 by the New England Dairy & Food Council for the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. Pittsfield Elementary School 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.
“We are proud of the way our students are 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 Laura Smith, PE teacher and Fuel Up To Play 60 program advisor, “If students learn these habits at a young age it will be easier to maintain them in the future.”
Grant funds purchased a new commercial smoothie blender and colorful new signs for the cafeteria to highlight healthy menu choices and educate students about the nutrient- rich foods available in the cafeteria. Students on the wellness team will help conduct taste tests to select the favorite smoothie recipes and taste test healthy new foods items to include on the menu.
Grant funds to equip and support a school jump rope club will provide an additional physical activity before school and will help students improve endurance and upper body strength. Grant funds will be used to purchase award badges and certificates for students who earn the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.
More than 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Launched by National Dairy Council 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.