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.

Interested in knowing how Fuel Up to Play 60 can benefit you? Read on. Read the rest of this entry »

McGovern-Dole Nutrition Relief Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals

McGovern-DoleThe U.S. government currently provides direct donations for food programs through the Food for Progress Program, the Food for Peace Act, the Local and Regional Procurement Project and the McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

According to reports, the McGovern-Dole aids in child nutrition, education and nourishment endeavors for poverty stricken countries, primarily in grade school aged girls.

Due on Friday, October 15, 2010 by 5pm est., the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently accepting submissions for FY 2011 Food Assistance proposal grants for the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program.

If you are interested in applying, proposals are preferred online, but you are also encouraged to email in a submission as well. The proposals are encouraged to include how proper nutrition will strengthen literacy and numeracy rates for the children. The organization also says preference will be given to proposals that are clearly outlined, realistic, sustainable and demonstrate that the greatest benefits will have a substantial impact on the beneficiaries. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Fast-Food Better than School Lunches?

school lunchImagine sitting down at a table and having to choose between a brown paper bag full of hamburgers and chicken sandwiches from a local fast food joint or a school cafeteria tray loaded up with lasagna and mashed potatoes.

Which one would you think is healthier and meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for a healthy school lunch?

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