iPads, TV, and video games. My kids love all three of those things. And if it were up to them, they would be on one of those devices all day long. I remember one day I told Ethan to get off the iPad and go outside and play, to which he responded “I don’t know how to play!”
Sad. And honestly, I don’t think he was joking. When we were kids, we came home from school, did homework, and immediately ran outside to play. It’s not that way anymore. But it can be, and it is why I love this new initiative called Fuel Up To Play 60.
Fuel Up To Play 60 empowers students to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health. It was created by the National Dairy Council® (NDC) and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), representing California’s more than 1,500 dairy families, has activated Fuel Up to Play 60 within our state.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an opportunity for students to make a commitment to healthy eating (nutrient-rich foods like low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and lean protein foods) and getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day while using the skills and habits developed in Fuel Up to Play 60 to live a healthy life. The goal is to get kids to want to implement positive, lasting changes for themselves and their schools and inspiring their friends to do the same.
What do I mean by schools? Qualifying California schools participating in Fuel Up To Play 60 may be eligible for up to $4,000 for the 2014-2015 school year to help support their health and wellness programs! How cool is that?! This competitive program is designed to support schools that implement plays from the 2014-2015 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. These plays can range from creating a healthy breakfast program in a school to coordinating the 100 Mile Club, which challenges students to walk, jog or run 100 miles at school in a single school year to improve their health and well-being. Our school also has a walk to school day that the kids look forward to.
How do you get your kids involved in Fuel Up to Play 60? It only takes six easy steps, but we as parents also need to show encouragement to keep moving forward.
To get you started in the right direction towards healthy eating, check out the Fuel Up to Play 60 cookbook for fun recipes you and your family will love!
How do you plan to get your kids to #FuelUpToPlay60?
This Fuel Up To Play 60 is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Milk Advisory Board.