Fuel Up to Play 60, a free in-school nutrition and physical activity program, has announced that it is accepting applications for its nationwide, competitive funding initiative for schools – with grants of up to $4,000 available to each school to kickstart and maintain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.
Any U.S. school is free to enroll in the program. In their applications, schools can pitch how they can best use the funds to help enhance students' healthy eating and address students' physical activity needs with the goals of increasing awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities.
"Schools can look to invest the grants in a range of activities and tools, such as foodservice equipment, nutrition education materials, exercise equipment and student and staff incentives."
Fuel Up to Play 60 was launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League and aided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The program is currently implemented in more than 70,000 schools across the nation. It works to encourage students to eat healthy, be active and implement long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.
The next application deadline is February 1, 2012.