Fourteen years ago, the Food and Agriculture Organization designated the last Wedneday in September to be World School Milk Day. Since then, schools across forty countries celebrate the goodness of milk every year! This year’s event was Wednesday, September 25th.
On a local level, schools across Indiana celebrated the hard work and dedication of our more than 1200 dairy farm families.
Click here to see how our three finalist schools celebrated, and cast your vote. Voting is open until November 15th!
Mt. Healthy Elementary School, Columbus, IN
Kathy has been an elementary physical education teacher for the past 25 years. When asked about Fuel Up To Play 60: When I heard about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, I was so excited to see the National Dairy Council team up with the NFL. This is a program that has great ideas and resources to help achieve your school’s wellness goals. I have a real concern with childhood obesity and children becoming so sedentary. Poor eating habits have been a topic that I have been talking about ever since I became a teacher. Fuel Up to Play 60 had programs that could be quickly implemented and ideas that work in the school setting. Our students love our Fuel Up to Play 60 events and look forward to participating in them.
Meredith Nicolson Elementary, Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, Crawfordsville, IN
Leisa Prasser is a Registered Nurse who works as the school nurse at Meredith Nicholson Elementary, Crawfordsville Community School Corporation in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Leisa has been involved with Fuel Up to Play 60 since taking the school nurse position in 2010. Prior to that, Leisa was the assistant to the State Health Commissioner, Dr. Judy Monroe, for emergency preparedness, quality improvement, and public health accreditation. In February 2010, Leisa received the “Excellence in Public Health” award from the State Health Commissioner. After Dr. Monroe left the Indiana State Department of Health in that same month, Leisa continued to work for the next State Health Commissioner, Dr. Gregory Larkin until taking the position at Nicholson. Leisa has experience as the Montgomery County Public Health Nurse at the local health department level and worked in Labor and Delivery at the formerly named St. Clare Hospital in Crawfordsville. She is also currently the Vice President of the Indiana Association of School Nurses. Leisa has a passion for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and puts childhood obesity at the top of the list of public health concerns for our future generations.
Physical Educator at Meredith Nicolson Elementary, Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, Crawfordsville, IN
Laura Newman is a Physical Educator at Meredith Nicholson Elementary, Crawfordsville Community School Corporation in Crawfordsville, Indiana where she teaches 2nd and 3rd grade level. Laura has been involved with Fuel Up to Play 60 since 2009. Laura began her career as a middle school special educator. She has also taught 3rd grade gifted education and 5th grade general education at Crawfordsville. She coached various sports including basketball, track, volleyball, and cross country for 15 years at the elementary, middle, high school level. She has been a member of the Crawfordsville Schools Health and Wellness Committee for 3 years. She helped with the grant process for Healthier US Schools Grant for Nicholson Elementary which received Gold status this year. She has also been a presenter for Fuel Up to Play 60. She has coached several soccer teams and has been a Cub Scout leader for 13 years where she has incorporated many of the activities from Fuel Up to Play 60 and physical education into her scouting unit at both the unit and district levels. Since becoming a Fuel Up to Play 60 advisor, she has enjoyed organizing many different student and family activities to get everyone educated and excited about the importance of Fueling Up with a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise every day.
Physical Education and Health Teacher at Fishers Junior High, Fishers, IN
Andrea is a physical education and health teacher at Fishers Junior High in Fishers, Indiana where she has been teaching for 12 years. She has coached volleyball, basketball, track, softball in the past and is currently the tennis coach. She graduated from Purdue University and was awarded the Hilda M. Schwinn award for top female physical education teacher. She received her master’s degree from Ball State University in coaching and athletic administration. She was recently named the Top Middle School Physical Education Teacher for the state of Indiana and the Midwest district. She enjoys running and spending time on her parent’s farm in her free time. Fuel up to Play 60 has helped Fishers Junior High form a Fitness Council of 30 students who promote healthy eating in the cafeteria with regular events, host after school intramural events, and put on the end of the year health and fitness fair.
"Before and After School" Program Coordinator at Frederick Douglass #19 School, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis, IN
Julie oversees the Before and After School program, volunteering her time every day to get the kids moving and teaching them about healthy eating. She has seen an increase in student participation and feels Fuel Up to Play 60 has been the reason. Her team decided to train for a 5K and they have included healthy tips on morning announcements. Student and parent involvement has increased as well as increased awareness of healthy eating.
General Mills Foodservice joins forces with National Dairy Council®’s (NDC) as the 2012 Breakfast Sponsor, supporting grants to expand school breakfast. Addressing the important role the breakfast meal plays in providing nutrient-rich foods and beverages to students, these grants are designed to increase student participation by serving breakfast outside the cafeteria in creative ways.
Grants are available to schools starting a new breakfast program or improving an existing one. Whether it is breakfast in the classroom, grab ’n’ go breakfast, second chance breakfast after first class period, or another innovative method you create to serve breakfast to more students, the kids and your program will benefit.
Apply today for a Fuel Up™ 2012 Breakfast Grant. Deadline for applications is July 31, 2012. (www.FuelUptoPlay60.com)
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