Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture, that helps today’s youth lead healthier lives.
The program empowers students and educators to work together to build healthier schools and create healthy, high-achieving students, while offering a variety of opportunities for adults, students and schools, from in-school wellness initiatives to funding.
How it Works
Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages students to work with adults to implement school-wide healthy eating and physical activity “plays” — initiatives that help students “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods like low fat and fat free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and “get up and play” for at least 60 minutes every day.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook, grants, rewards and additional resources help make the customizable program easy for any school to implement and for students to become engaged
The program has helped to make wellness part of the game plan in more than 73,000 schools across the county — that’s 3/4 of all U.S. schools! Thanks to local dairy farmers, more than 3,100 schools in Ohio and West Virginia participate. Millions of students nationwide are eating healthier and living active lives thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60 and the support of its more than 130,000 adult volunteers.
Beyond health and wellness, the program offers students leadership opportunities that help them gain confidence and lifelong skills through teamwork with their peers and adults at their schools. Students are empowered to become leaders in their school and communities by becoming Fuel Up to Play Ambassadors, who serve as examples and role models for fellow students and entire communities.
The key to Fuel Up to Play 60’s success is having a strong student foundation, a team of committed educators and volunteers, and community engagement. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to access tools, resources and step-by-step guides to bring the program to your school.