Gove Elementary Receives Grant to Support Wellness and Health Program

Gove Elementary has received $3,000 from the Dairy Council of Florida to support its involvement in Fuel Up to Play 60, a national in-school health and wellness program that encourages children to eat nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, 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 United States Department of Agriculture.

“The Gove Wellness Student Council and Wellness Committee have already begun using the funds for an increasing breakfast campaign of “Blitzing Breakfast” and a walk to school event.” said wellness coordinator, Ellen Smith.

The Wellness Committee will also be sponsoring many wellness events with their Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), School Advisory Council (SAC) and the Lakeside Medical Center. The school will be repeating last year’s program of “Fun Family Fitness Night for FCAT Success with partial support of this grant monies and Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network. Every school in Florida is eligible to receive up to $4,000 in funding to increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and provide increased opportunities for physical activity for students.

Florida schools have the opportunity to apply for the next Fuel Up to Play 60 funding period. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2012.

Visit the national website for Fuel Up to Play 60 at or the Dairy Council of Florida’s website at for more details.

 For more information contact Ellen Smith at (561) 993-8700 or via e-mail at







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