Fuel Up to Play 60 to Offer Funding for Health Program

Fuel Up to Play 60 has recently announced that it is currently accepting applications for its nationwide funding initiative for schools enrolled in the in-school wellness program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a free in-school nutrition and physical activity program, offering funding to help schools implement the program. The competitive funding initiative provides money to help schools jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. The program is currently implemented in more than 70,000 schools across the nation, encourages students to eat healthy, be active and implement long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.

Any school in the country can enroll in the free program. This enrollment then translates into eligibility to apply for up to $4,000 to help increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students.

The funds can be used for a variety of activities and tools. Whether it be for resources that help enhance students' healthy eating like foodservice equipment and nutrition education materials, or exercise equipment that help schools address students' physical activity needs, it's completely up to the school.

Fuel Up to Play 60 was launched by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Deuce McAllister is the all-time leading rusher for both the Ole Miss Rebels and New Orleans Saints, and he spoke to Magnolia Junior High on health and fitness as part of Fuel Up to Play 60, writes Creg Stephenson at Gulf Live.

"People think playing football is easy," McAllister told the students. "But if you don't eat right and have proper nutrition, you can't go out and prepare yourself to play football on Sunday. And you can't do any of that without a good foundation in education."

"I'm excited that the school is interested in the program," said McAllister, who estimated that Magnolia is the 30th Mississippi school at which he'd spoken this year.

"It's a fairly new program, and with Mississippi ranking where we do in terms of obesity, it's something that we definitely need."

There are several application windows each year, including upcoming deadlines on December 1, 2011, February 1, 2012, and June 1, 2012.

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