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Fuel Up to Play 60 Boosts Funding for Healthy Kids

fuel up to play 60Fuel Up to Play 60, the in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils and the National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department, just announced that it is adding more money to its nationwide funding initiative for K-12 schools enrolled in the school wellness program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 shares the same sentiments as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, namely to prevent childhood obesity by encouraging young Americans to move more and choose healthier foods.

The new and increased funding initiative provides money to help schools jump-start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Eligible schools can apply for up to $3,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students.

Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to engage their peers to “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods they often lack – particularly low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains – and “get up and play” with 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

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Pennsylvania School District Combats Childhood Obesity

kids exerciseChildhood obesity is on the rise and a new study has even shown that kids whose parents are overweight are more likely to become overweight themselves.

This is becoming a very serious public health issue, since being overweight or obese can cause a whole slew of health complications, such as high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and many more.

What can we do to help kids stay healthy and avoid all of these problems?

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Schools Use Wii as Part of New Curriculum

wiiThe other day one of my friends asked me to come over and play Wii. I had been complaining that I hadn’t made it to the gym lately because I was tired of doing the same old exercises every day.

At first, I was skeptical about using Wii to exercise, but I game it a shot and found out it was really a lot of fun!

Evidently, this discovery that Wii is pretty awesome is being made across the country, and not just by my friends and me. Two schools in Lindale, Texas, are now using the Wii as part of their school curriculum to help improve students’ health.

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