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Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Dairy Families award Kaposia Education Center with $10,000 grant to support nutrition and physical activities within schools
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 – The
Minnesota Vikings, Midwest Dairy Council and Fuel Up to Play 60 showed their continued commitment to child health and wellness by awarding Kaposia Education Center (South St. Paul Public Schools) with a $10,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ to support healthy nutrition and physical activity programs at the school.
“We are so excited to receive this grant and be able to join forces to help our kids and community Fuel Greatness,” said Kaposia physical education teacher Brenda Johnson. Johnson and South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) Nutrition Services Director Glen Ritter submitted the grant that will purchase physical activity equipment and connect Kaposia students with a local dairy to learn more about nutrition and healthy choices.
The ‘Hometown Grant’ program developed by Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL provides the organizations with the opportunity to identify deserving schools in their area and award them with $10,000 to help meet their health and wellness goals. In its fifth year, the Hometown Grant program allows each of the 32 NFL Clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 and local dairy representatives to provide funding to schools throughout the country.
“Healthy changes at schools nationwide requires collaboration at both the local and national level,” said Midwest Dairy Council’s Lisa McCann. “Fuel Up to Play 60 is making an impact in schools across the country and here in Minnesota through the unwavering support from the NFL and America’s dairy farmers, working together to take action to help the students at Kaposia Education Center fuel greatness.”
Research demonstrates that good nutrition, including daily breakfast, and increased physical activity can lead to improved academic performance[i]. However, recent studies show that more than 60 percent of students do not eat breakfast each day[ii] and only one in three kids are active every day, potentially leaving many at a disadvantage inside and outside of the classroom. From students and teachers, to parents and community members, everyone has a role to play in emphasizing the importance of physical activity and good nutrition in order to lead healthier lives.
“It is a priority for the Minnesota Vikings to support the health and wellness of students across our regions. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program has been a tremendous platform for the team to encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives through in-school nutrition and physical activity programs.” said Viking’s Executive Director Social Impact Brett Taber. “We are proud to join with the Midwest Dairy Council, our players, and the NFL on this important initiative.”
Created in partnership by the National Football League and National Dairy Council, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school wellness program creating real transformational change in over 73,000 schools nationwide. As a result of the program, last year over 13 million students ate better by adding nutritious foods like low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains to their meals. Additionally, nearly 16 million are getting more physically active during the school day.
Representatives from the Midwest Dairy Council, SSPPS Superintendent Dr. Dave Webb, SSPPS School Board members Wendy Felton and Patricia Bjorklund, Kaposia principal Terry Bretoi and Ritter joined Minnesota dairy farmer Janet Bremer, and Minnesota Vikings players Chad Beebe and Stephen Weatherly, Vikings legend Greg Coleman and Youth Football Manager Jeff Robinson, to present district representatives with the grant. The check was presented during an all-school assembly at Kaposia Education Center on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.
About Midwest Dairy Council
Midwest Dairy Council®, an affiliate of National Dairy Council, is the nutrition education division of Midwest Dairy Association. The Council is dedicated to dairy nutrition research and education through the investment of 8,000 dairy farm families across 10 Midwestern states, and is committed to child health and wellness through our collaborative program, Fuel Up to Play 60. For more information, visit www.midwestdairy.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy.
About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. The program additionally encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, last year 14 million students made better food choices and are getting more physically active during the school day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association/Foundation, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.
 American College of Sports Medicine, American School Health Association, GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Through Healthy School Environment, March 2013.
[i] American College of Sports Medicine, American School Health Association, GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Through Healthy School Environment, March 2013.
[ii] Eaton DK, Kann L, Kinchen S, et al. 2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States 2011, Surveillance Summary No. 61(SS04);1-162. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/mwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6104a1.htm. Accessed on January 31, 2013.