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PIONEER VILLAGE - Combatting obesity requires two elements...exercise and a healthy diet.
Maryville Elementary School students got a big boost in exercise thanks to a $4,000 grant from Fuel Up to Play 60 from the Southeast United Dairy Association Inc.
SUDAI Manager of School Programs Kathy Belcher presented the large check to Physical Education teacher Dennis Minnis during a rousing Town Hall.
"It is exciting to award these funds to Maryville," said Belcher. "We know the money will help motivate students to stay physically fit."
Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages the students and adults to get involved and make real changes to their school environment.
"Fueling up on great-tasting, nutrient-rich foods, such as fat-free chocolate milk, fruit and yogurt parfaits, whole grains and salad bars, while playing for 60 minutes each day-will help students feel their best and be at the top of their game," said Belcher.
Minnis learned of the program and began implementing it at Maryville in 2009.
"Fuel Up To Play 60 has helped Maryville create a healthier environment," he said. "What started out as a cool slogan is now causing many students in our schools to take nutrition and physical fitness seriously."
"Fuel Up To Play 60 encourages our kids to want to do their best when it comes to eating healthy and getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity," Minnis continued. "The incentives, grant money and teaching aids have helped take Maryville's P.E. and health curriculum to much higher levels."
Minnis said he is planning a number of family fitness events this spring with the help of Fuel Up To Play 60.
On behalf of dairy farm families, the non-profit Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. works with schools, health professionals, retailers, dairy processors and the public to promote dairy foods. For more information, visit www.southeastdairy.org.
For more information about FUTP60, visit www.fueluptoplay60.com.
Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.