CARLSTADT, N.J. -- New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher and New York Jets kicker Nick Folk visited Carlstadt Public School to honor the school as the 2015-16 grand champion in the PLAY 60 "Eat Right, Move More" program.
The program is a partnership between the Jets, the Department of Agriculture and the American Dairy Association that encourages students to take advantage of healthy foods in their school cafeterias and become more active.
"This partnership with the Jets has helped schools do more to provide healthy food choices for students and encourage them to get more exercise," said Secretary Fisher. "We applaud Carlstadt Public School for going that extra mile to ensure the children have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods as well as opportunities to move more."
Fisher and Folk visited the school for a fun and educational program and presented the school with a $15,000 grant to improve school food service and physical education programs.
Schools were judged on efforts to provide fresh produce, healthy foods, nutrition education and opportunities to increase physical activity. They also were required to have at least 100 students participate in the Jets PLAY 60 program, where students logged one hour a day of activity for a week.
"I am so proud of the students, teachers and administration at Carlstadt Public School," said Folk. "They really followed through on the Jets PLAY 60 'Eat Right, Move Program' and I am honored to return to the school to present them with their $15,000 grand prize."
Carlstadt offers a fully-stocked salad bar, polls students about favorite vegetables then includes them, and educates students -- both in the cafeteria and classroom -- about nutrition. It also offers monthly incentives, where students can win a healthy snack or other prizes.
The school also has a garden, which grows fruits, vegetables and spices.
Allison Evans, Carlstadt Public School supervisor of curriculum and instruction, said they will use the money to buy a class set of heart activity monitors, an industrial smoothie machine and equipment to expand its salad bar.