*Although this post is sponsored by Real California Milk, it is an effort that is very near and dear to my heart. I strongly believe in getting our children up and active and this campaign is a great start for your school*
One of the things I love most about our elementary school is the focus on healthy activity. We are so very fortunate to have an active Physical education program that all students attend 2-3 times a week during the school day and also fabulous volunteer coordinators that work hard to provide extra programs to keep out kids active.
Our school hosts a running club every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (all supported by volunteer efforts) before school to encourage healthy habits with our students. Each running club morning, students are invited to run the track, located on our upper field, and collect sticks to keep track of their miles. Every 10 miles earns you a recognition prize and the goal at the end of the year is you have your name up on the 100 mile banner that hangs in the cafeteria. This year, the students have set a record for the most kids with their name on that banner-so inspiring!
Just as our school hosts these programs, Real California Milk has teamed up with the NFL’s Fuel up to Play 60 program to encourage schools across the state of California to get active!
Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods – which include dairy, and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day; The program is designed to create a sustainable change at schools in terms of access to good nutrition and increased physical activity.
For those active schools that have decided to take up this challenge, you can apply for an amazing grant! And what California school doesn’t need some extra money coming in to help out with funding of these great programs?!
Qualifying California schools participating in Fuel up to Play 60 may be eligible for up to $4,000 through the Spring Grant Funding Program, to help support their health and wellness programs. This competitive program is designed to support schools that implement plays from the 2015-2016 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. These plays can range from creating a healthy breakfast program in a school to coordinating the 100 Mile Club-such as our school does, which challenges students to walk, jog or run 100 miles at school in a single school year to improve their health and well-being.
In addition to the grant, central valley schools are invited to participate in the Get in the Game challenge. Students are encouraged to sign up for the challenge, and the school with the most sign ups will receive a celebration event at the school on June 3, 2015 featuring games, food and special guests from the San Francisco 49ers, including an active and/or former player and mascot Sourdough Sam.
To apply for a spring grant, visit fueluptoplay60.com to for information and to get your school involved. Grant deadline is June 16.
Now what are you waiting for? Get your school active!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Real California Milk.