01-37-17 WDA News: Dairy Farm Families Award School Grants to Empower Youth to take Control of their Health and Wellness

WDA_4C_wTaglinewda-dairy-wellnesss-grantsDairy Farm Families Award School Grants to Empower Youth to take Control of their Health and Wellness

This month, the dairy farm families of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to 24 schools across the region. The funds awarded to these schools will help them implement the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and give the students the ability to start improving the health and wellness of their school.

Schools were selected through a competitive application process that required them to provide detailed information on how the dollars would be spent and how students would take a leadership role to improve health and wellness through Fuel Up to Play 60 at their school.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program designed to engage and empower youth to take control of their health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools and communities. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

The program was created nationally through the partnership between the National Dairy Council and National Football League. Locally, Western Dairy Association partners with the Denver Broncos to implement the program. Western Dairy Association represents the dairy farm families of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming and is thrilled to use the grant money to get students excited about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Dairy farm families have always been committed to youth health and wellness, and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program gives them the opportunity to positively impact the students and schools in their community by giving them the resources they need to be successful in the program, and in life.

“The grants generously provided by the dairy farm families in our region are going to make a huge difference in these schools,” said Nicole Croy, Manager of School Health and Wellness Programs at Western Dairy. “The dairy farmers are giving these schools the jump-start they need to take control of their health and wellness!”

The schools that are receiving grants include:

  • Aspen Creek K-8 Elementary School (Boulder, Colo.)
  • Drummond Elementary School (Drummond, Mont.)
  • Everitt Middle School (Wheat Ridge, Colo.)
  • Franklin Elementary School (Missoula, Mont.)
  • Hellgate Middle School 6-8th (Missoula, Mont.)
  • Kearney Middle School (Commerce City, Colo.)
  • Ken Caryl Middle School (Littleton, Colo.)
  • Leo Wm Butler Elem School (Ft. Lupton, Colo.)
  • Loy Elementary School (Great Falls Mont.)
  • Morris Elementary School (Yuma, Colo.)
  • North Elementary School (Brighton, Colo.)
  • Porter Middle School (Missoula, Mont.)
  • Rocky Boy 7-8 (Box Elder, Mont.)
  • Rocky Mountain High School (Ft Collins, Colo.)
  • Roncalli Middle School (Pueblo, Colo.)
  • Severance Middle School (Windsor, Colo.)
  • Shelton Elementary School (Golden, Colo.)
  • Southmoor Elementary School (Denver, Colo)
  • Stetson Elementary School (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
  • Sunnyside Elementary School (Great Falls, Mont.)
  • Ute Meadows Elementary School (Littleton, Colo.)
  • Westridge Elementary School (Littleton, Colo.)
  • Whittier Elementary School (Bozeman, Mont.)

For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60, or to learn how your school can apply for a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant, visit www.fueluptoplay60.com.

Western Dairy Association works on behalf of dairy farm families in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.  WDA is centered on driving sales and trust in dairy foods and dairy farms. All activities are developed with strategic and catalytic partnerships; education and awareness to communities about the local value and contributions of dairy farms, health and nutrition benefits of dairy foods amongst diverse consumer, business and school groups.