The funds will promote healthy eating from the five food groups- dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains and protein and getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
The assembly will feature the Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz, SeaGal Tamaria and an interactive video with pre-taped appearances by Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and fullback Michael Robinson. Local dairy producers will also be on hand for the grant presentation.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 grant will be used to support three nutrition related activities in the Willapa School District.
Build Your Own Shake-Up motivates students to create their own smoothie recipe using low fat milk or yogurt.
Eating a Nutritious Snack offers healthier choices than what is available from vending machines by providing low fat milk, string cheese and yogurt during the schools’ daily 10 minute break.
The third activity, the ’44 Breakfast Challenge’ features recipes that include foods from all the foods groups – with a special focus on ‘super foods’ that have a high nutritive value.
“I know how important breakfast is,” said Laura Rohr, Willapa school family/consumer science teacher and Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor. “But many of our students don’t realize that so we felt it was time to show them breakfast can be fun.”
Two Willapa students who created a delicious recipe as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Breakfast Oatmeal Challenge won tickets to an upcoming Seahawks game. One recipe, an oatmeal smoothie, has been very popular on Pinterest.
“We’re excited to support Willapa School District’s efforts,” said Cara Nichols, School Program Manager for the Washington State Dairy Council. “The district is building a healthier environment by encouraging the consumption of nutritious foods. They are also giving students the tools make better choices when it comes to food and activity.”
Since their vending machines don’t carry milk, the district plans to purchase a refrigerator with a glass door so students can see the low fat milk, string cheese, yogurt, bananas and other healthy foods. “We want to keep these foods cold and appetizing for the students,” explained Rohr, who has taught in the Willapa School District for 20 years.
The grant monies will also be used to purchase PE equipment including scooters and a stand, pickle balls and badminton rackets and birdies.
The district has a 60-70% participation level in after school sports. In addition, thirty students are currently involved in a daily walking enrichment program and have access to a weight room.
“It is very exciting and encouraging to see this district-wide effort to promote fitness and nutrition,” Nichols added.