Fuel Up to Play 60 Funds Healthy Activities for Kids

Bellingham Public Schools recently received $56,000 through a grant for Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60), the dairy community’s flagship school nutrition and physical activity wellness program.

Fuel Up to Play 60, a program sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Seattle Seahawks, encourages students to make healthier food choices, such as incorporating dairy into their breakfast and getting more physical activity. FUTP60 has impacted more than 1,900 Washington schools and that number keeps rising.

The funding is being used to support Breakfast in the Classroom at our Title I schools to ensure students start their day with a healthy choice. Each elementary school will also receive new physical education equipment to incorporate an active lifestyle with healthy eating habits. And, as a special treat, all elementary students will be served local Yami yogurt on May 12, 19, 26 and June 2. The grant funding will also help support healthy spring activities at each elementary school, such as promoting Bike to School Day on May 19, and this year’s fifth grade track meet on June 2 at Civic Field.

“I start in kindergarten by teaching the scissor kick and hurdles, building these fitness skills all the way through fifth grade to the culminating event of the fifth grade track meet,” says elementary physical education specialist Melanie Flink. “As physical education teachers, we are so excited for this grant funding to help our students establish physical literacy, build physical confidence and grow healthy, active individuals, a desired outcome of The Bellingham Promise.”