Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions expressed are mine.
When we were kids, we came home from school, grabbed a snack and did homework, and immediately ran outside to play. We biked and played chase and walked all over the place. It’s not that way anymore. Nowadays the kids come home and get on the computer or tablet. They don’t want to go outside! But with Fuel Up To Play 60, they’ll learn how fun playing outside…away from gadgets…can be.
Fueled (see what I did there?) by The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), which represents California’s more than 1,500 dairy families, Fuel Up To Play 60 empowers students in California 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).
It’s also the nation’s largest in-school wellness program creating real transformational change in more than 73,000 schools nationwide! That’s so impressive and shows how well this initiative works.
So what’s it all about? It encourages youth to consume a healthy diet, one full of low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains while also getting outdoors to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The goal is to get kids to want to implement positive, lasting changes for themselves and their schools andinspiring their friends to do the same.
Sounds great, right? I bet you’re wondering if your California school is involved. Schools that would like to apply to receive funding can apply for a grant of up to $4,000 during the school year. Also, funding eligibility for the 2015-2016 school year is held through a competitive program designed to support schools that implement plays from the 2015-2016 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.
Fall 2015 Fuel Up To Play 60 grant applications are open to California K-12 schools interested in supporting health and wellness initiatives through November 4, 2015. For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60 and to sign up an eligible school, visit FuelUpToPlay60.com.
Does the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative work? As a result of the program, 38 million students are eating healthier diets and making healthier lifestyle decisions.
I’m a huge proponent of having kids help cook and take a part in meal preparation. They’re more apt to eat it if they make it. So I thought it would be fun to share a few of my kids’ favorite after school treats!
These Kid-Approved Crispy Kale Chips are the #1 most requested snack at the Hoage House.
These Peanut Butter Apples are easy and the kids love to make their “apple pizzas.”
And these Nut Free Chocolate Power Balls are a make-ahead treat the kids can grab and go, or are good for a breakfast-on-the-go, too!
I also support our school, who is a participant in the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative. This year, I headed up the Walk To School Day event to help show my support, as well as get the kids thinking about the importance of physical activity.
How do you get your kids to Fuel Up To Play 60? I’d love to hear about ways you get your kids excited to be active and eat healthy!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Milk Advisory Board.