Monday, December 17, 2018

St. John's Walking Club

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St. John the Baptist Catholic School

520 S. 18th Street • Plattsmouth, NE 68048 • (402) 296-3139

St. John the Baptist Launches New Health and Wellness Initiative

School Receives $2,000 in Funding from Midwest Dairy Council to Support Health Lifestyles

November 20, 2017 (Plattsmouth, NE) – Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School are on the move, thanks to a $2,000 grant the school received 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’s the opportunity to better promote healthy eating and physical activity at school.

In fact, 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. According to Monica Yankus, kindergarten teacher at St. John’s and organizer of the school’s walking club, 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.”

St. John’s also has 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 also plans to 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,” said Yankus.

In addition to Yankus, 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.

About St. John the Baptist

Since 1884, St. John the Baptist Catholic School serves students of all faiths in Pre-K to eighth grade. With 185 pre-K through eighth grade students currently enrolled, the school emphasizes academic excellence, spirituality, service and community. St. John’s is located in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. For more information, please visit

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