Troutman Elementary School’s Physical Education teacher Donette Clendenin (back, left) and School Nutrition Manager Sharron Saunders (back, right) and members of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Leadership Team promote School Nutrition, the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and the Kids Heart Challenge.


Troutman Elementary Fuel Up to Play (FUTP) 60 program held its 2nd Annual Healthy Snack MVP Recipe Contest last week. The contest was held in conjunction with the school’s Family Night Book Fair and Science Fair.

According to research, healthier students are better learners. By eating healthy and exercising, students have more energy allowing them to focus better in the classroom. Better focus will help students be able to accomplish more and have more academic success.

Fourteen students in grades K-5 participated in the contest by displaying their healthy snack recipe and samples for attendees to taste and then vote for their favorite.

Families and students picked out books and tasted healthy snacks. With these three events coming together, it helped families see how fueling up with healthy foods, playing 60 daily and academic performance go hand in hand.

About FUTP 60 is a youth-driven in school program that encourages children to eat healthy and stay active for at least 60 minutes a day. It’s sponsored by the National DairTy Council and the NFL.