2011-05-05 / Local & State

McConnellsburg Middle School Receives Funding For Fuel Up To Play 60 Program

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Betty Brdar, school marketing manager for Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, presents Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to McConnellsburg Middle School representatives Jessica Curfman, Kathy Kendall and Sue Cubbage of Penn State Extension. Betty Brdar, school marketing manager for Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, presents Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to McConnellsburg Middle School representatives Jessica Curfman, Kathy Kendall and Sue Cubbage of Penn State Extension. McConnellsburg Middle School recently received $1,325 in grant funding to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 program, a student-led initiative created by National Dairy Council and the National Football League that empowers students to make healthy lifestyle changes at school. The program is sponsored locally by Mid- Atlantic Dairy Association, a regional affiliate of National Dairy Council.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation. These activities support the program’s goal of encouraging students to eat healthy and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

McConnellsburg Middle School will use the funds to implement a bicycle program and other outdoor activities. Students will also be introduced to healthy foods, including low fat dairy, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

Jessica Curfman, physical education teacher and program advisor for the Fuel up to Play 60 program, stated “Our school is committed to our students wellness and the grant from Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association will make a great impact on our bicycle program and healthy breakfast program.”

“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off at Mc- Connellsburg Middle School,” said Betty Brdar, school marketing account manager for Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. “Students have embraced the program, and these funds will help the school do even more to encourage students to eat right and get active every day.”

Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpTo- Play60.com.

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, an affiliate of National Dairy Council ®, provides nutrition education programs and services to schools in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.dairyspot.com.

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