For school nutrition programs, wellness is a priority. Their students – and their students’ health – drive what they do. The problem: getting students to take an active role in their health. Many schools face the dilemma of, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”.

Luckily schools have a powerful resource and ally: Fuel Up To Play 60.

What is Fuel Up To Play 60?

Fuel Up To Play 60 is a program dedicated to physical activity and in-school nutrition. Launched by the NFL and the National Dairy Council, its mission is to encourage students to focus on wellness and lead healthier lives. Involving 73,000 schools and reaching over 38 million students nationwide, Fuel Up To Play 60 is the nation’s largest school health program.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 stepped in and I was able to get funds to buy equipment so that we could teach the children structured play. Thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60 we’ve seen a lot more attentive students, more well-behaved students, and better performance in the classroom.”
– Ann P., Kahler Middle School

Schools have the opportunity to collaborate with the program and apply for funding to improve healthy eating and empowering students to engage in physical activity.

Who Can Get Involved?

Earn points

Become an Ambassador

Win cool prizes

Attend the Summit

Become a Program Advisor

Empower your students

Complete the Six Steps

Apply for funding

Encourage your student

Support your school’s program

Work with community members to get them involved

Share your enthusiasm

See which local schools are enrolled

Donate time, materials, equipment, incentives, etc.

Share your expertise

Be a role model

Applying For Funding

K-12 schools can apply for up to $4000 per year in funding. Qualifying for funding is easy and only requires the following:

  • Enrolling in Fuel Up To Play 60
  • Having a registered Program Advisor
  • Participating in the National School Lunch Program

Like to know more? Check out their eligibility & Guidelines here.

The deadline to apply for this year’s funding is Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Can’t get funding? On their website, Fuel Up To Play 60 offers their NFL-themed Playbook to help schools come up with strategies to get students active and eating healthy. The playbook covers everything from Farm to School and in-class physical activity breaks to smart snacks and breakfast in the classroom.

Get Active On Your Digital Menu Boards

If you have digital menu boards in your cafeteria, these can be great spots to display healthy eating tips, fun, physical actives students can do in their spare time, or past events held at your school.

Want to know more about digital menu boards and how PrimeroEdge can help? Check out SchoolCafé TV here.

By | 2017-10-18T19:29:51+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Nutrition, Operations, Policy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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