Launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are sustainable, making it possible for children to have more opportunities to be physically active and choose tasty, nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) throughout the school environment.
Now in its fourth year, more than 70,000 schools are enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 nationwide. Together with the involvement of local dairy councils, all 32 NFL Clubs, USDA, supporting health and nutrition organizations (including Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association) and several major corporations, the program will further its progress by expanding its reach and impact in the years ahead.
Fuel Up to Play 60 responds to real-world needs in today’s schools with wellness tools that complement – not compete with – the academics-focused environment. The program’s design allows youth and schools to determine which tools and resources best help meet each school’s wellness goals and features easy enrollment, and step-by step guidance for adults and students.
FuelUpToPlay60.com provides program resources and serves as an online portal to share successes and learn from other participants. The website also includes a searchable database of Playbook Plays, details around the youth Challenges, a personal Dashboard area for students and adults and opportunities for incentives and rewards.
Rewards to recognize those who take action and encourage continued program participation.
Interactive online Playbook with easy-to-do healthy eating and physical activity “Plays” – a collection of strategies that help students “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods and “get up and play” for at least 60 minutes a day.
Free Fuel Up to Play 60 Quick Start Resources for schools which include in-school collateral materials and planning tools to help with implementing the overall program.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Challenges provided throughout the school year to keep youth excited and engaged in the program. They are designed to supplement and reinforce the Plays in a creative and competitive manner.
Incentives to motivate students, schools and Program Advisors to meet program goals and milestone and funds to help schools make lasting improvements in nutrition and physical activity (on a competitive basis).