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Improve School Wellness with Fuel Up to Play 60

Written by Emily Buys

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As a partner of California dairy families, I want to share info on how we can all improve school wellness among our youth, with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Tired of hearing of childhood obesity and feeling like there is nothing you can do about it? The National Dairy Council and the NFL have teamed up to improve school wellness with Fuel Up to Play 60. This is something anyone can be a part of. I hadn’t heard of this until I was asked to look into it for the purpose of this campaign, but when I did I was surprised to learn that my kids’ school is already participating! I live in a small town, so if we are already on board, perhaps your school is too!
Fuel Up to Play 60 to Improve Wellness in Schools

Fuel Up to Play 60 is all about encouraging our youth to consume low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains while achieving at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The program doesn’t just put this out there and expect change, but they have steps and a process to help you implement these changes in your schools. 

Fuel Up to Play 60 Goals

As a parent, I took a look at the 6 steps of process, so I could see what needs to happen next. Just by signing up you join the league. Then you draft players. If your school will allow it, encourage them to have student ambassadors who are passionate about this cause. Next, hold a kickoff event at your school, to introduce the program and the cause. My school has already done this, and when you click on Kickoff, the website will say if your school has already done this. Survey the field is something your students can do. There is a form that students or teachers and staff can fill out, which assesses the school’s needs. 

Pick a Play for Fuel Up to Play 60

Now it’s time to implement change. Select healthy eating plays or game plays your school can work on. 

Qualifying California schools participating in Fuel Up to Play 60 are eligible for up to $4,000 during the school year. If your school needs funding, as they all do, then implementing plays can help get you that funding! For the 2015-2016 school year, a competitive program is designed to support schools that implement plays from the 2015-2016 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.
Fuel Up to Play 60 partners
Because the health of our youth matters, I’d like to encourage you to sign up on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. Find out what steps your school has completed, and help them with the rest.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Milk Advisory Board.

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