Lee’s Summit Elementary and Sunset Valley Elementary each awarded $5,000 to support student health and wellness
The Kansas City Chiefs, in partnership with Midwest Dairy Council and Fuel Up to Play 60, awarded a $10,000 NFL Hometown Grant to support the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s healthy nutrition and physical activity programs. Lee’s Summit Elementary and Sunset Valley Elementary each received a $5,000 grant based on their success with Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school health and wellness program that encourages students to become healthy leaders in their community. The schools use the funding to encourage physical activity and collaborate with the district’s nutrition department on promoting healthy eating.
The Hometown Grant, developed by Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL, provides these organizations with an opportunity to identify deserving schools and award them with a $10,000 grant to help meet their health and wellness goals. In its fourth 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.
“Mobilizing communities to advocate for and implement healthy changes at schools nationwide requires collaboration at the local and national level,” said Midwest Dairy Council’s Robyn Stuewe. “Fuel Up to Play 60 is making an impact in schools across the country and here in the Kansas City-area, through unwavering support from the NFL and America’s dairy farmers working together to help students in the Lee’s Summit School District fuel greatness.”
Research demonstrates that good nutrition, including daily breakfast and increased physical activity can lead to improved academic performance. However, recent studies show that more than 60 percent of students do not eat breakfast each day and only one in three children 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.
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 more than 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, the Kansas City Chiefs and Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt presented representatives from both schools with their grants at an assembly at Sunset Valley Elementary on Dec. 5.