Students at Provo High took FUTP60 to a new level of creativity last month when they incorporated a Milk Mustache Photo Booth into the Homecoming Festivities. In addition to the photo booth, the school’s FUTP60 team incorporated activities to get everyone moving – a series of minute-to-win-it games, and DJ-inspired tunes to get kids dancing. The student team also handed out a string cheese snack.
Nutrition + Physical Activity = Better Academic Achievement!
Kids learn better when they are well-nourished and active. Last month the GENYOUth Foundation, The National Dairy Council, and The American College of Sports Medicine joined forces and brought together leaders to talk about the science and work toward solutions. Here are a few highlights:
- Fitness improves language processing, reading, spelling and arithmetic scores on standardized tests.
- Incorporating movement into academic lessons is a flexible, low-cost and successful approach to improving health
- Kids with nutrient deficiencies don’t learn as well. Good nutrition is key!
- Breakfast leads to better attendance and improved classroom performance.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a great way to incorporate easy physical activity and nutrition plays into your school. Not only is it fun, but it tastes great, gets you moving, and just might help you do better in school!
Make the connection!
Local Utah Dairy Farmers sent Daisy the Cow to present the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant money in front of cheering students at an all-school assembly outside on the football field. The mascot, Vick the Bulldog graciously accepted the check in behalf of the school! Principal Jeff Schoonover, dressed in a football jersey for the event, stands with the Fuel Up To Play 60 student team and their Program Advisor, Diane Cluff, as the check is handed over.
Welcome back Todd Gray of Willowcreek Middle School, in Lehi Utah! Todd is newly returned from Washington DC where he spent an amazing week meeting with NFL players, networking with fellow FUTP60 student ambassadors from across the United States, and learning from the pros how to promote healthy eating and physical activity at school.
As Utah’s Student Ambassador for 2012-13, Todd will help his school and others plan inspiring activities to assist Utah youth in becoming more active and choosing healthy eating. He and his fellow ambassadors will kick off their work with “The Huddle” FUTP 60’s new student blog, which is launching on the Fuel Up to Play 60 Website TODAY - July 31st! Todd encourages students to tune in on “Team Up” Tuesdays and “Fuel Up” Fridays to see stories and tips written by Student Ambassadors. The blog is a great way for students to lead conversation about FUTP 60 and talk about the benefits of being engaged with the program. Congratulations Todd, and best of wishes in the coming year.
After their weeklong collect-empty-milk-cartons-challenge, students at Sego Lily Elementary celebrated their milk-drinking accomplishment by sporting white, chocolate, and strawberry milk mustaches.
The entire student body worked together to finish their milk so they could contribute an empty carton to the collection. Students who met over lunch in the library and even the fifth graders who went on a field trip that week made sure that their empty milk cartons got included in the collection!
Since everyone participated, teachers handed out the milk mustaches to every student in the school so they could celebrate together!
I have many questions about the difference between “Plays” and “Challenges”. While most students and advisors understand the goal of a “play”, challenges seem more confusing.
Challenges are an integral part of the FUTP60 program. Different from the “Plays” which go on throughout the school year, Challenges are short term and they offer an additional way for students to get active and engaged in the program. It also provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with other students, showcase what they are doing with FUTP60, and receive more recognition and rewards.
Challenges happen throughout the school year, and over the summer. The themes are created by the FUTP60 national staff. Each challenge has a theme, a date when they open and a deadline for submissions. Submissions are posted online with photos, videos and any other supporting materials the students deem necessary to get their message out.
New for school year 2012 – 2013 there is a Challenge Page which will be the main portal where students can upload and review Challenge submissions DIRECTLY FROM YOUR DASHBOARD! As a part of the new page:
- There will be a selection of pre-approved music to use with submissions.
- A share button to send to friends, family and social circles as students see fit.
- Links to guidelines to insure access to all the references and rules.
- Submissions will be through the Challenge Page on your dashboard.
Check out the current theme for the summer Challenge: “Touchdown Dance” – fun and exciting. Get involved!
Submission Deadline is July 18th!
Fuel Up to Play 60 is most successful when teachers, health professionals, school administrators, and parents empower kids and work with them to customize the program. Several opportunities exist for deeper involvement & professional credit.
At the recent PTA Convention in Utah, local parent leaders expressed concern over the rising rate of childhood obesity and an interest getting involved…
Fuel up To Play 60 is just the ticket!
On May 23, 2012, the Dairy Council in conjunction with Utah Action for Healthy Kids, teamed up to train PTA leaders on how to become more involved with Fuel Up to Play 60. The objective of this training was to prepare leaders to inspire, engage, and motivate students to Eat Healthy, Get Active & Make a Difference! In addition to learning about the Fuel up to Play 60 program, participants received an overview of childhood obesity and fitness trends in Utah, learned about Utah’s PE & health curriculum requirements, and reviewed the new school meal guidelines. Parents who wish to get involved can apply to be part of the Dairy Council’s PTA-Leader $500 stipend program.
If you missed the training but are interested in learning more, click to view the recorded webinar. FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 PTA TRAINING (Recorded Webinar)
Involvement is not just limited to parents. The Dairy Council also has a mentor program for registered dietitians.
Get involved to make a difference!
The kids, the teachers, the administrators, our dairy ambassadors, “Daisy” the Dairy Cow…everyone was a great, enthusiastic participant at our most recent Fuel Up to Play 60 Assembly with Radio Disney. Thanks to all for making this assembly one of our best yet!
Take this momentum through the summer – remember to…
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Hey all you FUTP 60 participants. We have all watched and laughed at the touchdown dances many NFL players proudly display after a touchdown. Now is your chance to create your very own Touchdown Celebration Dance. Dance a dance, strike a pose, or strut your stuff… whatever you decide, make it an expression of the pride and excitement you feel as you complete yet another school year. New challenge starts on May 30 and ends on July 18.
Check out the challenge page because it has changed! Entries must be submitted through this SchoolTube Challenge page (create a free account) or made through the Student or Teacher Dashboard. (login to www.fueluptoplay60.com to access your dashboard). On the SchoolTube Challenge Page, you will be able to determine what the challenge is, view submissions, find approved music, share your submission, and find popular links. Voting will take place from this one location as well. One stop and you have it all at your fingertips.
Can’t wait to see your entries!
At Sego Lily Elementary in Lehi, UT, the student team understands the Fuel Up to Play 60 Mission…Eat Healthy, Get Active, Make A Difference, and their efforts are Making a Difference!