“Dairy farmers have a nearly century-long commitment to children’s health and we’re excited to be part of the Town Halls to help bring even more support to schools,” said Jean Ragalie-Carr, RD, president of National Dairy Council (NDC). “The Town Halls will inspire communities to help cultivate healthier and more productive youth as a local extension of GENYOUth’s flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60), created by NDC and the NFL, which is in over 73,000 schools helping 14 million students eat better and move more. FUTP 60’s emphasis on improved nutrition, especially school breakfast, and increased physical activity can help improve academic achievement (i.e., the learning connection).”
“Together, we can make a difference,” said GENYOUth’s Glick. “The ultimate goal is to generate actionable steps to get kids eating better and moving more at school, and, crucially, to forge public‐private partnerships that garner commitments of assets to launch and fund these solutions. Schools cannot succeed alone. The broader community, including business leaders, health professionals, community organizers, parents, and students themselves must work together to effect change for children’s health.”
Additional Town Halls will take place throughout the Fall and next Spring in Columbus, Ohio; Denver, Colo; Indianapolis, Ind.; San Francisco, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo., and New York City – with support from a list of blue-chip partners that includes the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Cardinal Health, Jamba Juice, the NFL, the NFL Players Association, State and Regional Dairy Council organizations, UnitedHealthcare, the University of San Francisco, and others.