Dairy Council of Florida Awards nearly $ 100,000 to Florida Schools












Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

The Dairy Council of Florida has awarded nearly $ 100,000 to thirty-nine schools statewide to support Fuel Up to Play 60, a national in-school health and wellness program that encourages children to eat nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program of the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.

The following schools were selected for the summer 2011 funding period:

Brevard County

    Apollo Elementary School
    DeLaura Middle School
    Imperial Estates Elementary School
    Melbourne Senior High School
    Ocean Breeze Elementary School
    Quest Elementary School
    Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

Broward County

    Everglades Elementary School
    Hawkes Bluff Elementary School
    Indian Ridge Middle School
    J.P. Taravella High School
    Margate Elementary School
    Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
    Nova Middle School
    Tradewinds Elementary School

Clay County

    McRae Elementary School

Collier County

    Mike Davis Elementary School

Duval County

    Chet’s Creek Elementary School

Flagler County

    Bunnell Elementary School

Florida Charter Schools

    Samsula Academy (K-5)

Highlands County

    Avon Park Middle School

Leon County

    Lillian Ruediger Elementary School
    Sabal Palm Elementary School

Manatee County

    R. Dan Nolan Middle School
    Tara Elementary School

Miami-Dade County

    Barbara Hawkins Elementary School
    Hialeah Gardens Middle School
    Lamar Louise Curry Middle School

Orange County

    Avalon Middle School
    Edgewater High School
    Hillcrest Elementary School
    Timber Creek High School

Pasco County

    Veterans Elementary School

Pinellas County

    Bay Point Middle School
    Fitzgerald Middle School
    San Jose Elementary School

St. Lucie County

    Manatee K-8
    Mariposa Elementary School

Volusia County

    Ormond Beach Middle School

“These are standout schools in our Fuel Up to Play 60 program, succeeding with their unique and innovative approaches to get kids excited about eating healthy and being active,” said Jennifer Sills, MPH, RD, LD/N, SNS, director of Dairy Health and Wellness for the Dairy Council of Florida. Each school received up to $ 3,000 to increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and provide increased opportunities for physical activity for students.

Florida schools have the opportunity to apply for the next Fuel Up to Play 60 funding period. The deadline for applications is October 1.

For more information, visit the national website for Fuel Up to Play 60 at http://www.fueluptoplay60.com or the Florida Dairy Farmers’ website at http://www.floridamilk.com.

About Fuel Up to Play 60

Launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and NFL, with additional partnership support from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

About Dairy Council of Florida

The Dairy Council of Florida works with schools, health professionals and others to build a positive health and wellness environment for dairy as a nutrient-rich food. The Council is one of 18 member organizations of the United Dairy Industry Association and carries out the programs of Dairy Management, Inc., the umbrella organization based in Chicago. For more information, call (800) 516-4443 or visit http://www.floridamilk.com

CONTACT: Aaron Wockenfuss at 407-647-8899, ext. 1113 or AaronW(at)floridamilk(dot)com

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