PLATTSMOUTH (SNR) – Students at St. John the Baptist School in Plattsmouth recently launched a health and wellness initiative, thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Midwest Dairy Council’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” program.
The school was among hundreds of schools across the country selected to receive a grant. The funding gives St. John the opportunity to better promote healthy eating and physical activity at school.
Last month, the school launched a new walking club for students. The program helps students achieve the one-hour of physical activity recommended for children daily.
Monica Yankus, kindergarten teacher at St. John and organizer of the walking club, said more than 55 students have already joined the program and she expects more to join throughout the school year.
“The program has been well-received by families and students are especially excited about the walking club,” said Yankus. “Students enjoy walking with their friends and it’s a great way for them to clear their minds and keep active.”
The school also plans to purchase new food service equipment to store healthy snacks, pedometers for students to track miles walked, and incentive prizes for students to earn as they reach wellness goals. In addition, the school will hold a “Family Fun Night” where students and families can learn fun and easy ways to be healthy at home.
“We are appreciative for the support from the Midwest Dairy Council and we are looking forward to the many new and fun opportunities we have to encourage healthy lifestyles with our school families,” Yankus said.
Other St. John’s organizers of the walking club include Denise Lorence and Carol Ellington.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.
Opened in 1884, St. John the Baptist Catholic School serves students of all faiths, and 185 pre-K through eighth grade students are currently enrolled. For more information, please visit stjbcatholic.com.