Anderson Elementary School

Anderson Elementary Receives Funds for Wellness Program

Sep 15, 2016

Anderson Elementary in Frisco ISD has been chosen to receive $4,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative.

Anderson Elementary was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. This nationwide funding program offers schools up to $4,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for this competitive program is provided by the dairy farm families of Dairy MAX. 

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provides support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation.

Anderson is using the funding to purchase commercial immersion blenders and heart rate monitors.

“Our goal is to increase breakfast participation by offering a wider variety of quick, healthy breakfast options,” said PE Coach Lynell Addis. “These blenders will allow us to make yogurt and fruit smoothies every week. The heart rate monitors will provide encouragement, education, motivation and feedback to students as it relates to the healthy goals they set.”

More than 73,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils and National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Multiple health organizations and several major corporations also support Fuel Up to Play 60.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in Texas. Wellness champions and students in more than 7,000 schools have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools do even more,” said Mary Dickson, RD, LD, School Wellness Consultant for Dairy MAX.

Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpToPlay60.com. Schools can learn more about eligibility requirements, and find the Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 application, at FuelUpToPlay60.com. There are several application windows each year.