$3,700 awarded by Smart Choice Whole Grain Products in support of Fuel Up to Play 60.
Holmes Elementary School in Boston has been awarded $3,700 from Smart Choice to support the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and add more whole grains to breakfast. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and National Football League that empowers students to eat healthy and be active.
“Smart Choice is firmly committed to offering students whole grain baked goods that they will want to eat,” Jack Anderson, president of J.S.B. Industries, parent company of Smart Choice, said in a press release. “Through our partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60, we are able to provide nutrient-rich foods that meet or exceed the very latest USDA standards. We are confident that by working with Fuel Up to Play 60 we will be able to develop better student nutrition lifestyles.”
Holmes Elementary School was selected from thousands of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Earlier today, the students celebrated their success with a school-wide assembly where they had the opportunity to taste test Smart Choice whole grain products, participate in nutrition trivia and a physical activity, and run relay races with New England Patriots Mascot Pat Patriot.
“We are proud to work with Smart Choice to help bring students nutritious breakfast options,” Lisa Burnett, director of school and nutrition programs for New England Dairy & Food Council, said in the statement. “To secure a healthy future for America’s children, it’s important to provide access to nutrient rich foods and physicalactivity every day at school.”
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation. Holmes Elementary School plans to use the funds provided by Smart Choice to implement a smoothie program, which will pair nutrient-dense foods like fruit and low-fat or fat-free dairy with whole grains to provide students with a complete meal at breakfast.