This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Milk Advisory Board.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is not only important for me, but for my entire family as well. Eating healthier and being active is something I firmly believe in for my children. In an effort to encourage a healthier way of life, The National Dairy Council and the NFL have partnered to launch Fuel Up to Play 60.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a school nutrition and physical activity program to give kids a strong foundation for a healthier life for kids. It is the largest in-school wellness programs across America and has helped change over 73,000 schools. The program urges children to consume low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains in addition to 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Qualifying California schools are eligible for up to $4000 each school year. Eligibility for the 2015-2016 school year is determined using a competitive program designed to support schools to implement plays from the Fuel Up To Play 60 Playbook. The program is geared to use school support to partner children and educators to complete specially designed plays geared for healthier lives. Kids are educated on how to make healthy choices through the different plays from the program.
The program is a great way to empower children with knowledge and encourage lifestyle changes that will last them a lifetime. Students have an opportunity to earn point by completing challenges and win prizes. Additionally the program helps children become leaders in their school by striving to become ambassadors who encourage and lead their schools towards healthier lives. Children have a chance to attend events and meet NFL players. The program has resulted in 38 million students eating healthier by adding nutritious foods into their every day diets.
The program also encourages educators and parents to get involved. By taking an active roll in helping schools join the program, becoming advisors and implementing dietary changes, parents and educators have a direct impact on aiding young kids to build healthier futures.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a great way for kids to educate themselves and others through fun methods while building leadership skills. The Fall 2015 Fuel Up To Play 60 grant applications are open to California K-12 schools through November 4, 2015. If you’re interested in supporting wellness initiatives and want to sign up an eligible school, visit FuelUpToPlay60 and start playing.