Late last week, New Jersey Ag Secretary Douglas Fisher and New York Jets Kicker Nick Folk feted Roosevelt School in Rahway as this state's grand prize winner in the Jets Play 60 "Eat Right, Move More" school nutrition program. The elementary school earned an A+, $5,000 for a kitchen makeover and a bunch of tickets to Sunday's Jets home game with the Oakland Raiders.
The Play 60 Eat Right, Move More program is a partnership between the Jets, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council. The program's goal is to encourage New Jersey school children to take advantage of healthy foods in their school cafeterias and become more active. The winning school is required to participate in the Jets Play 60 Challenge, where more than 100 students commit to logging 60 minutes of physical activity every day for four weeks.
This year, the focus was on schools offering breakfast menus. And Roosevelt Elementary scored the winning touchdown with a "farm stand" concept where students may choose from an array of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
"A good breakfast is such an important way to start each day so I think it was a great focus for this year's Eat Right, Move More program," said Nick Folk. "Coming to Roosevelt Elementary today to celebrate this school's commitment to health and wellness is a real honor for me."
"Roosevelt officials have actively engage students in living healthier lives by offering a variety of fruits and vegetables daily, serving locally-sourced produce and promoting physical activity," noted Fisher. "They've consistently gone over and above the federal and state standards."
Rahway School Foodservice Director Kenisha Hodge said half the grant money will be used to modify the serving line to better showcase fresh produce choices. The other half will be used to purchase physical education equipment.