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Glenbard North receives $1,000 health grant

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:20 a.m. CDT

CAROL STREAM – Glenbard North High School recently received a health and wellness grant as a reward for students’ efforts to get the school and community involved in maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, according to a Glenbard Township High School District 87 e-newsletter.

The $1,000 grant is part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which is a school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to the newsletter.

Students can win prizes, such as an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing healthy foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes a day, according to the Fuel Up to Play 60 website.

In order to be named a Touchdown School and receive a grant, Glenbard North had to meet specific criteria, which included having at least one staff member register as a Fuel Up to Play 60 program adviser and at least one student earn enough points through healthy eating and exercising to qualify for student ambassador status.

Students also had to track their progress in the program and complete all six steps on FuelUptoPlay60.com.

The school plans to use the funds to start a Panther fitness club, which will begin next fall. The club will have activities such as workout Wednesdays, a “couch to 5K” program and a 5K race at the end of October.

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