UNION CITY — The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association recently presented Union City Elementary School with a $3,595 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant and Union City Middle School with a $3,320 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to help promote healthful eating and physical activity among its students.
“The Fuel Up to Play 60 Healthy Eating Plays have allowed us to focus on healthier foods in a fun and enjoyable way,” said Krista Byler, the school district’s cafeteria manager. “These activities have made the transition to the healthier food guidelines much easier to implement in our school,”
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as food service materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation.
These activities support the program’s goal of encouraging students to eat healthy and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Union City Elementary School will use the funds to purchase insulated bags to transport warm breakfast options to the classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to taste test new hot breakfast items to help identify new additions to the breakfast menu.
Additionally, equipment to engage students during recess will be purchased.
Union City Area Middle School will use the funds to purchase a set of stability balls for its health classes so students can sit on the balls during class and use them daily for an in-class activity break.
Educational materials will also be purchased to further explore and demonstrate the in-class activity breaks.
“With our various Fuel Up To Play 60 activities over the years, students realize it takes both an active lifestyle along with a nutritious diet to stay healthy,” said Sharon Reagle, health teacher and FUTP 60 program adviser. “We have fun getting healthy and make memories along the way.”
The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program are the local planning and management organizations funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars. They work with Dairy Management Inc. and are responsible for the demand for dairy products on behalf of Mid-Atlantic dairy farmers.
Fuel Up to Play 60, created by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school.
The program helps children develop healthy habits by eating low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains while being active for at least one hour a day.