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Wellness program using Spanish to help 23 LAUSD schools

Mike Szymanski | October 5, 2015

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FuelUpStudentsThe nation’s largest in-school health and wellness program announced today that it will provide Spanish-language programs to schools to promote healthier lifestyles through good nutrition, low-fat and fat-free dairy and physical activity.

Already 23 LAUSD schools are involved with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program that is co-sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The free program offers schools an online Playbook of strategies to improve physical activity and eating habits. More than 73,000 schools in the country participate in one or more of the programs, reaching more than 38 million students.

To reach more communities, Fuel Up to Play 60 is providing resources in Spanish because of the increasing Hispanic population. LA Unified and Miami-Dade County Public Schools have the most schools participating in the programs. The group wants to spread health benefits to the Hispanic population that is projected to increase to 29 percent of total enrollment by 2024.

“The dairy checkoff is pleased to broaden our Fuel Up to Play 60 resources and make them available to a growing and vital segment of our country’s student population,” said Paul Rovey, Arizona dairy farmer and chairman of Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff. “All kids deserve the opportunity to lead a healthy life. Fuel Up to Play 60 can help make this happen.”

The organization also helps provide grants to schools for $300 to $4,000. The next deadline is Nov. 4.

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