Anson receives funds for wellness program

Vickie McVey, district food services director, and Don Wiser, physical education teacher at Anson Elementary, hold a check for $3,635 awarded to the school through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Anson Elementary has been chosen to receive $3,635 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, the Midwest Dairy Council announced today.

Anson was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. The nationwide funding program offers schools up to $4,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Midwest Dairy Council provides funding for this competitive program.

At Anson the award will help fund pedometers and heart rate monitors to be used on a walking trail, curriculum development for additional physical education time and P.E. equipment.

More than 73,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by the National Dairy Council, local Diary Council and National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, the program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Multiple health organizations and several major corporations also support Fuel Up t o Play 60.

Anson is also participating in the Healthier Schools Challenge. The school had a kickoff for that and the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative on Oct. 24.