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Grants Support Strengthening Oregon Schools and Students

Schools across Oregon have innovative projects underway focused on youth engagement, nutrition and physical activity, thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60 grants funded by Oregon dairy farmers. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the largest in-school health and wellness program in the country.

The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, in partnership with the National Football League, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Dairy Council, awarded grants to eight schools throughout the state last fall.

With grant funding, schools are purchasing blenders for yogurt smoothie classroom celebrations and carts for grab-and-go breakfast options. Brand new pans and salad bar inserts will be featuring fruits and vegetables from school gardens in cafeterias. Noise cancelling blankets are going up in one cafeteria to reduce noise and bring Smarter Lunch Room concepts to students. One school is using funding to create time lapse videos featuring Food Hero recipes highlighting whole grains, fruit and low fat dairy.

Physical activity goes hand in hand with nutrition for Oregon students. Students will be energized and ready to focus on learning throughout the day by participating in brain breaks in class. Students will be stretching out in yoga poses, checking their heart rates with monitors and counting steps with pedometers.

For more information on how you and your school can get in on the action contact the schools team:

Crista Hawkins, RDN, LD
Director of School Programs
chawkins@odncouncil.org
Direct: 971-673-2725

Erin Hirte, RDN, LD
Manager of School Programs
ehirte@odncouncil.org
Direct: 971-673-2729

Bend School Assembly, Television Show Highlight Fuel Up to Play 60 Success

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It’s the largest school nutrition and physical activity program in the country, and the positive impacts that Fuel Up to Play 60 has on students across Oregon were celebrated at a school assembly and on local television in Bend last month.

Former NFL player Anthony Newman and Elk Meadow Elementary students teamed up to recognize the school’s student health and wellness efforts. Organized by Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor Grant Mattox and his student team, the special assembly honored community partners and “Wellness Warriors” for their contributions to student and staff health.

More than 500 students and staff cheered on teams as they raced to create healthy plates with the help of the Bend Nutrition Services team. The local NBC television news affiliate covered the event on the afternoon and evening news:

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Former NFL star pays visit to Bend school
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Later that day, Anthony Newman joined Oregon Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassador Lily Sweet, a sixth grader from Bend, on Central Oregon Daily. Lily attended the National Fuel Up to Play 60 Summit at Purdue University where she learned more about wellness, leadership and public speaking. Their interview aired on the local ABC and CBS television news affiliates:

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Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Made Easier for School-age Children
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Is Fuel Up to Play 60 active in your school? Would you like more information about the program, organizing an assembly or nominating a 2017 Oregon Student Ambassador? The national Fuel Up to Play 60 program is administered locally by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. Contact Erin Hirte, Manager of School Programs, at ehirte@odncouncil.org.

Erin Hirte Brings Experience, Expertise to School Programs

Erin Hirte, Manager of School Programs

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience in school foodservice management and child nutrition programs, Erin Hirte is hitting the ground running as the new Manager of School Programs for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. The position reflects the Oregon dairy industry’s long-standing commitment to investing in child health and wellness.

Hirte started with the Council in September, filling the position formerly held by Crista Hawkins, who was promoted to Director of School Programs in June. “We were looking for a person with the right skillset, experience and vision to really take our programs to the next level, and we found that in Erin,” said Hawkins. “Having worked with her in her previous role with Portland Public Schools, we knew she’d be a great addition to our team and an asset for Oregon students and schools.”

The Manager of School Programs position is responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of Oregon’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In Oregon, that program is now well received by more than 700 schools and school districts throughout the state – at no cost to the schools. In fact, many schools also receive grant funding from the program to advance school wellness initiatives.

“I am thrilled to be working in a position where my efforts will help improve health and wellness for children in Oregon schools,” said Hirte. “We have the chance to put students in a better position to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and that cause is certainly one I champion.”

In addition to managing the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the schools team is also responsible for school and district grants, School Wellness Awards, culinary trainings, school breakfast promotion and other school nutrition programs.