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Saints punter Thomas Morstead visits school as part of SUDIA's Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL are coming together to support local schools

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead visited JB Martin Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 31 as a part of Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA)’s Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign.

Once again this fall, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL are coming together to support local schools and communities through the Hometown Grants program. The NFL, through Fuel Up to Play 60, will provide $10,000 per NFL club market ($320,000 total) in grant money to help school districts and/or individual schools facilitate sustainable physical activity and healthy eating improvements. These grants are a great opportunity for NFL Clubs and local Dairy Councils to collaborate and build stronger relationships while helping kids and communities “fuel greatness.”

The NFL Play 60 campaign is designed to tackle childhood obesity by getting kids active through in school, afterschool and team-based programs. SUDIA and the Saints work together to help make wellness part of the game plan in Louisiana schools through the Play 60 campaign/Fuel Up to Play 60. The program encourages schools to make healthy changes in students’ eating habits and physical activity.

Many schools lack the resources to execute school wellness and this is why the Southeast Dairy Association, on behalf of dairy farmer families, is proud to support schools in the fight for healthier kids with the opportunities for Fuel Up to Play 60 schools to write for grants to kick-off or enhance their wellness plan in their schools.

The funds from the Hometown Grants can be utilized by the receiving schools in many ways to optimize healthy eating and physical activity based on local needs and interests. This could range from vending machine wraps to support smart snacking, improving school breakfasts and summer feeding programs to physical activity equipment.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council, the Southeast Dairy Association and the NFL. It’s all about getting students to ‘Fuel Up’ with nutrient-rich foods missing from their diets, like low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to ‘get-up and play’ for 60 minutes a day.