USApple board chairwoman Kaari Stannard, president of New York Apple Sales, presents the Rensselaer City School District with a 2019 Apples4Ed grant. ( Courtesy of U.S. Apple Association )

The U.S. Apple Association awarded a $4,000 Apples4Ed grant to help the Rensselaer City School District in New York create a healthy snacking program encouraging student participation in physical activity — basically an outdoor snack station in the middle of a running track.

The district’s center-field snack station will reward students with fresh fruit or vegetables after completing a lap of exercise, according to association’s news release. Signs placed alongside the track with nutritional information about that day’s snack will illustrate the importance of healthy caloric intake in what USApple officials say they hope will be part of students’ lifelong learning of healthy snacking.

“It is the mission of the Apples4Ed program to provide students access to nutritious snacks while raising awareness of healthy eating patterns,” U.S. Apple chairwoman Kaari Stannard said in the release. “It was a pleasure recognizing the Rensselaer City School District for its winning approach of combining healthy snacks and education with exercise in an activity that resonates with students and invites participation.” 

The school district was one of five grant recipients under the 2019 Apples4Ed program. Remaining schools will be announced through May. Applications for 2020 Apples4Ed funding will open in August.

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