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Selah's Nutrition Services Team Helps Students Fuel Up!

tudent and School Activities Coincide with Fuel Up to Play 60 CampaignSelah schools were awarded a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to promote nutrition and physical activity.

Something was recently cooking in Selah as the Nutrition Services Department helped students fuel-up to celebrate National Breakfast Week.

As part of the celebration, which also coincided with the District’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Campaign, nutrition staff encouraged students to kick-off their day with breakfast at school.  Every day during National Breakfast Week, Selah’s food service team featured a new menu item with lots of homemade goodness, including the introduction of fruit smoothies.

Selah’s Nutrition Team also served a second serving of excitement as the John Campbell kitchen hosted Dairy Farmers Day, which was also a part of the Fuel-Up Grant activities.  During the celebration, which included a visit by the Dairy Farmers of Washington Association, dairy ambassadors visited with students and discussed the importance of healthy nutritional choices. 

Throughout the year, Selah students have focused on fueling up and making healthy nutritional and activity choices as John Campbell, Selah Intermediate and Selah Middle Schools were recipients of a grant from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program.  Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League to help encourage youth to lead healthier lives.  Locally, the Dairy Farmers of Washington and the Seattle Seahawks work together to empower youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their schools.  Evidence reflects that healthy kids are better students and access to nutrition and physical activity correlates with higher levels of achievement. 

In Selah, the schools awarded funding have collaborated with the District’s Nutrition Services team and respective physical education programs to develop opportunities focusing on nutrition and activity.  The goal is to create sustainable changes in school so children have more opportunities to be physically active and fuel up with nutrient rich foods.  Students have been participating in activities promoting fitness, in addition to learning about good nutrition habits.  Also, at Selah Intermediate School, fitness ambassadors encouraged students to sign a pledge to eat healthy and be active for 60 minutes each day. 

Additionally, throughout the yearlong campaign, Selah’s nutrition team has spearheaded an initiative focused on the importance of eating breakfast.  The goal is to promote the morning meal as the perfect time to fuel up for success and start the day nutritiously. 

John Campbell students accessorize with some give-aways from the Dairy Council. Students enjoy a visit from a Washington State Dairy Ambassador