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The National Dairy Council and National Football League Tackle Childhood Obesity

The National Dairy Council and the National Football League have teamed up to develop a program in the effort to motivate students toward healthy eating and active living. The website fueluptoplay60.com has a complete playbook and educational ideas to implement the program in your school. Family & Consumer Sciences classes are a perfect venue for the implementation of the program. Over 70,000 schools have joined to date! Short on financial resources to implement the program? Grants for up to $4,000 are available and can be applied for on-line to Fuel Up To Play 60 (FUTP60) schools. The next grant application deadline is 6/1/2012.

The website provides a wonderful resource of projects and activities including how to start and promote the program in your building or classes. Here is just a taste of some of the excellent ideas provided to promote and implement the FUTP60 program in your school. Check out the website for more information!

  • Take and post photos on bulletin boards of students caught eating the MyPlate way. There could be prize drawings for students caught and for the student photographers.
  • Video students hosting healthy food demonstrations and showcase on the school TV.
  • Host a Taste Testing Booth during your school breakfast or lunch and let students vote on their choice.
  • Hold a Recipe Contest for new breakfast or lunch items to build students’ interest in making healthy eating choices.
  • Have your students plan, prepare and implement presentations for younger children on healthy eating and getting active. Have students go into lower grade classes or preschools in teams to teach.
  • Have students design signs or table tents for the cafeteria to promote healthy eating, getting active and FUTP60 activities.
  • Have your classes compile a list of in-school 3-5 minute activity breaks to encourage more physical activity during the school day.
  • Invite celebrities or NFL players to visit the school to encourage students to eat healthy and to exercise more. This would be a great Kickoff Pep Rally or FUTP60 in your school.

Get started today! Be sure to let your local newspaper, local news channel, school board and parent group know about this great program as it happens in your school and classes!

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