Fuel Up to Play 60
Score New Kitchen Tools for your School
The USDA, Fuel Up to Play 60 and America’s dairy farmers are providing $35 million in funding to schools nationwide so they can upgrade kitchen equipment and provide healthy meals to students.
How funds may be used
Schools can buy new cafeteria equipment or renovate existing tools with the grants. By modernizing their kitchen equipment, schools can offer students healthier meals with more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, as well as less sodium and fat.
How to apply
Applications for cafeteria equipment grants are available now and will be accepted until June 30. Visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant page to get started.
Hooray for Play!
The recipe for healthy kids is simple. Combine 60 minutes of physical exercise with good nutrition to build strong, healthy kids. Dairy farmers did their homework and found a program to empower youth to do both: Fuel Up to Play 60.
This school wellness program brought to you by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture. It encourages youth to choose nutrient-rich foods first and get out and play at least 60 minutes each day. Fuel Up to Play 60 has helped to make wellness part of the game plan in more than 73,000 schools across the county, including more than 12,000 schools right here in the Midwest. Millions of students nationwide are more active and are eating healthier because of Fuel Up to Play, with encouragement from over a hundred thousand enrolled parents and educators. Community members also offer support for Fuel Up to play in various ways.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is the key in-school program for the GENYOUth Foundation, which works with schools, communities and business partners to develop and support programs that create lasting changes in the child health and wellness arena. Fuel Up to Play’s mission is to create movement to inspire youth to change their behavior. For more information and to learn how you can give to Fuel Up to Play 60, visit GENYOUthFoundation.org.
Fuel Up Cups Fall Contest
Earn big profits and the opportunity to win one of ten (10) $100 gift cards through the 2016 Fuel Up Cups Contest. Schools that sell at least 100 packs of Fuel Up Cups through BRAX Fundraising will be entered in a drawing to win one of ten $100 gift cards provided by Midwest Dairy Council. In turn, winning schools will award the gift card to one of their students who participated in or supported the sales contest. All participating schools will earn $6.00 profit for each $18 pack of Fuel Up Cups sold.
- Schools enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Midwest Dairy Council’s 10-state region are eligible to participate in this contest.
- Schools must register online at BRAXfundraising.com/FuelUpCupsMidwestDairy or by phone (BRAX Fundraising – 888-825-9339) between April 15 and October 15, 2016 and run their online fundraiser by November 15, 2016.
- Contest runs April 15 through November 15, 2016.
- Winners will be announced by December 1, 2016.
- Prizes will be awarded to schools by January 15, 2017.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Success Stories
Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to create and implement activities that reward them for making healthy choices, and inspire change in their school. With Fuel Up to Play, students learn beneficial habits that they build on and apply throughout their lives.
Check out The Huddle
Want to connect with and read fun stories from students involved in Fuel Up to Play 60? Check out The Huddle, the Fuel Up to Play 60 student blog, and see how you can help make a difference in your school and community. Everyone can join Fuel Up to Play 60 and help develop high-achieving youth.
Champions for Change
Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors demonstrate a passion for taking control of their health and wellness and encouraging their fellow students to do the same. They are not only actively engaged and involved in Fuel Up to Play 60, but are leaders among their peers, working to improve physical fitness and nutrition habits within their schools.