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Pine Ridge Elementary receives grant to support student nutrition, fitness

Pine Ridge Elementary is the recent recipient of a “Fuel Up to Play 60” grant from the Dairy Council of Florida to support the in-school health and wellness program.

Pine Ridge Elementary receives grant to support student nutrition, fitness Fuel Up to Play 60 is a national program that encourages children to eat nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program of the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“We are very excited that our students will have the opportunity to taste test a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Amy Cockcroft, Principal at Pine Ridge Elementary. “We are also able to purchase exercise mats and pedometers to increase our students’ activities.”

Pine Ridge Elementary is one of 48 schools statewide to receive grants for the fall 2012 funding period from the Dairy Council of Florida. The Dairy Council of Florida works with schools, health professionals, social service agencies and others to educate Floridians on the health benefits of milk and other nutrient-rich dairy foods. Dairy Council of Florida programs are funded by Florida Dairy Farmers, which represents more than 130 dairy farming families throughout the state.

For more information, log on to the national website for Fuel Up to Play 60 at www.fueluptoplay60.com or the Dairy Council of Florida’s website at www.floridamilk.com.