As summer slowly winds down, many families begin to prepare for another fun-filled school year for their kids. But what if your family and friends had the power to make your child’s school even better than it already is? Teaming up with Fuel Up to Play 60 can help not only your school, but also other students!
Fuel Up to Play 60
This fun program was developed to encourage the youth to eat healthy and be more active, and by being physically active and well-nourished, kids become better students in the classroom. A balanced diet, including eating a healthy breakfast every day, helps students get the important nutrients to succeed with their academic performance. Adding in physical activity has shown to help students improve their self-esteem, cognitive function and test scores.
Schools and students that participate in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program have the opportunity to earn rewards and prizes, and the students that help build the program at their school can possibly benefit even more, making it a win-win for everyone!
Educational professionals, school adults and parents can also help out with Fuel Up to Play 60! The program gives adults tools to help meet the school’s goals and supports you trying to make your school a healthier place. Fuel Up to Play 60 requires at least one Program Advisor – an adult who will engage with and empower students to help incorporate the program within the school and encourage others in the community to get involved.
How exactly does Fuel Up to Play 60 benefit sch
ools? Fuel Up supports your school’s wellness policy and helps meet national health and physical education standards. “At the same time, the program aligns with other healthy school national goals and initiatives – all of which share the goal of reducing childhood obesity,” the website explains. “As an added bonus, Fuel Up to Play 60 can also get teachers and staff eating healthy and moving more.”
There are six steps towards getting your school started with Fuel Up to Play 60. Click here to learn all about them!
If your school is in need of funding to get Fuel Up to Play 60 started, there are grants available for qualifying K-12 schools. Up to $4,000 is available for those enrolled in the program to kick start healthy changes. For schools to qualify, your school must participate in the National School Lunch Program and have a registered Program Advisor for Fuel Up to Play 60.
To get started with the program, the Program Advisor and your school’s Fuel Up team will need to choose one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2014-15 Playbook. The School Wellness Investigation will help you determine which play will work best for your school.
Remember, the final deadline to register and apply for funding for this school year is Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.
Looking for tools and resources to use for Fuel Up to Play 60? Click here!
Incorporating Healthy Nutrition to the Menu
When your school is granted funding for Fuel Up to Play 60, you can use that money to improve your kitchen by shopping at Central! Vitamix products are perfect for school kitchens because of their efficiency and durability. Vitamix’s blenders can be used for food prep, drinks and smoothies and much more. Vitamix blenders are constructed out of quality materials so you can be sure it will last school year after year. You can create smoothies, ice cream, grate cheese, shred carrots and more!
If you’re looking for more information on the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, find all the resources and other information by clicking here. Need help on finding the right Vitamix blender for your school? Contact one of our helpful Product Consultants by chatting live or calling them at 800-215-9293.