At Fair Oaks Elementary, we understand the important role nutrition and physical activity play in the academic success of our students. Studies have shown that students who are active and well-nourished are more engaged and have higher academic achievement. We have launched several initiatives to expand our participation in nutritional awareness and fitness levels at our school.
Fuel Up To Play 60
For the past three years, our school has been a proud participant of the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP) program. FUTP is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL to encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. Our student led team of 12 fifth graders (Team Titan) meets twice per month.
FUTP students have led “plays” that include making smoothies for taste tests, leading active recess games, purchasing activity cards for classrooms and promoting the new salad bar for our staff and 4-5 grade students.
Another way for our students to maintain focus throughout the day is by implementing energizing brain breaks. Through funding from Action for Healthy Kids “Game On”, Fair Oaks students are able to participate in fun movement activities in their classrooms by following an interactive website. These fitness breaks allow our students to stay active and healthy at our school.
Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Snacks
Thanks to a project that began in 2010, all classrooms in our building receive a fruit or vegetable snack two times a week. This grant is provided through the MN Department of Education with funding from the US Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the grant is to address the creation of healthier school environment by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetable children experience, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, and making a difference in children’s diets now and throughout their lives.
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