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Local Elementary school receives grant to encourage active children

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

The Glade Elementary school received a check to help purchase some equipment to make sure kids stay active. 

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school.

“Glade Elementary actually applied for a grant and chose a healthy eating and physical activity play that showed that they were going to expose children to different food varieties,” said Cathi de Veer, manager of school programs with the South East Dairy Association. 

“A cart and a rolling barrel that would allow them to transport fresh fruits, vegetables, snacks, milk and juice to show students and get them exposed to healthy foods they may not have had before.”

Students can win an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day.

The grant money will be used to purchase physical activity equipment such as soccer balls and goals to help students stay healthy.

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