Fuel Up to Play 60 is the in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded by National Dairy Council® (NDC) and the National Football League, based on a mutual commitment to the health of the next generation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has joined the effort as well as many businesses and industry leaders. This comprehensive program focuses on promoting healthier eating and more physical activity opportunities schoolwide. Students and adults work together to select and implement a series of "Plays" that result in long-term changes in these two important areas. Along the way, students become empowered to lead – by making healthy decisions, taking action for change and encouraging their friends to do the same.
A healthier school benefits everyone! Helping students prioritize healthy eating and physical activity may help them perform better and contribute to their long-term health. And an added bonus is Fuel Up to Play 60 can get teachers and staff eating healthy and moving more. Research shows well-nourished kids tend to be better students, have stronger academic achievement and better test scores, and numerous studies show physical activity has been found to support learning and may help students improve self-esteem, cognitive function and test scores. The bottom line is that Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program designed to help you improve the health, achievement and long-term well-being of everyone in your school.
Yes! Fuel up to Play 60 supports nationally recommended standards for health and physical education/physical activity–including National Health Education Standards, National Standards for Physical Education and the Guidelines for Physical Activity for Children 5-12. The program also helps schools meet their wellness goals and complements national initiatives–including the White House's Let's Move! Campaign, the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan, the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge and the CDC's Coordinated School Health Program.
The Starter Kit was distributed to those early supporters who signed up for the program. However, it is not necessary you obtain a Starter Kit, since everything you need to implement the program can be found on FuelUpToPlay60.com. The Starter Kit includes a banner to help raise student awareness about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity and engage the entire school in the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity "Plays." The Starter Kit also includes a Guidebook and Program Highlights.
Yes! There is a competitive, nationwide funding program for K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The funding program is sponsored by National Dairy Council, regional Dairy Councils and other supporting organizations, and provides up to $4,000 per enrolled school each year to help implement Fuel Up to Play 60. The purpose of the funding is to help your school increase student awareness of and access to healthy eating and physical activity, and sustainable changes in making your school a healthier place. Funding may be used to support a range of program-related activities from in-school promotions to a kickoff and launch of the program. Applications for Funds are accepted several times throughout the year, so schools can apply at different stages of their program. The awarding of funds is competitive and based on your application. You can access more detailed information about funding and an application online by clicking here.
There are lots of ways to get rewarded and receive incentives throughout the school year, just by participating in Fuel Up to Play 60! More specifically, adults who enroll as Program Advisors are eligible for special rewards and recognition. Only schools with Program Advisors can apply for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60. Program Advisors are also eligible for Perks and can be entered to win prizes and national drawings. (Specific rules apply.) Schools that complete Fuel Up to Play 60's Six Steps and have a Program Advisor tracking that progress are eligible for the Touchdown School Award. Students also receive rewards and recognition for their efforts.
You can sign up to receive the Fuel Up to Play e-Newsletter, delivered via email, by logging on to FuelUpToPlay60.com! A companion to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the e-Newsletter will keep you on top of the latest Fuel Up to Play 60 news and updates, and opportunities for you and your school, and help you manage and guide students with ideas and information as they lead the way toward school wellness!
Fuel Up to Play 60 was launched by National Dairy Council ® (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL).
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a fully COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant website. In order to register, students must provide their email address along with a parent's email address. Parents are notified of the child's participation, and parents can choose to opt their child out of all communication from Fuel Up to Play 60 or can request their child does not receive any digital rewards from the program. Information collected from children as part of Fuel Up to Play 60 is used solely in connection with the program.
Joining Fuel Up to Play 60 is easy! Simply go to the enrollment page and enter your information. Consider becoming a Program Advisor, which you can do when you join. You will be eligible for exclusive Perks and rewards!
For Fuel Up to Play 60 to work best, each school should have at least one Program Advisor – an adult who serves as the program's champion, engages and empowers students. The Program Advisor acts as the "coach" for the program – helps to build a team and draft key players, supporting and mentoring them as they launch and implement Fuel Up to Play 60. He or she helps get buy-in from the principal and engages them with key adult decision makers, and helps them to select and implement their Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Ideally, the role is shared by more than one adult, and plays a critical part in helping the team make a positive difference in the school wellness environment. Program Advisors can be teachers, school nurses, school nutrition staff, administrators, parents - anyone who wants to help make Fuel Up to Play 60 happen in a school. And Program Advisors have access to exclusive Perks which can be found on the Educator Dashboard, rewards, recognition and funding to make it all happen. Learn more.
A Quick Start Resource was available to early enrollees of the program. But you don't need a Starter Kit to implement Fuel Up to Play 60. All that you need can be found on FuelUpToPlay60.com, which includes an e-version of the Starter Kit.
The Six Steps to Fuel Up to Play 60 are outlined for you in the Starter Kit and on FuelUptoPlay60.com. There is no set way to implement the program, and you can follow the Six Steps however works best for you and your school. Each step serves an important function for the program:
Join the League is one of the Six Steps to Fuel Up to Play 60. It is when you get the word out that your school is a Fuel Up to Play 60 school. You can do this by using the resources in your Starter Kit – or by downloading them from FuelUpToPlay60.com. There is a banner that can generate buzz and excitement. "Suiting up your school" is one way to get the word out and get people interested in what you are doing and start to build partnerships with people that will ensure success.
Teams come in all sizes, and individuals and small groups can be as successful as large teams. Start with a core group of motivated students, and work from there. Recruit from a variety of students and adults. Pass out the folders from FuelUpToPlay60.com found in the Starter Kit section under "Documents" to those you think will take a lead and engage their peers, as well as engage the larger school community (see Who Can Help and How for ideas about who else can help). Then hold a meeting to review the materials and start planning some activities and events. Remember, it's important to build a strong team of both adults and students.
No, anyone can participate in Fuel Up to Play 60. A lot of schools have found that it helps to form a team, but individuals and small groups can be just as successful.
Ideally, the majority of students and adults at your school will become involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 in some capacity. To get started, you'll need a core group of students and adults who are interested in making the program work. Use the resources in the Starter Kit, Who Can Help and How and the Quick Start Guides to help you target the key people who can help make this program a success.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to empower students to make themselves and their schools healthier. The program puts students in partnership with key adults to make school-related changes that lead to increased access to appealing, nutrient-rich foods and opportunities for physical activity. Research shows that peer-to-peer outreach can have a positive impact on students' behavior and may help to influence healthy choices, and student involvement is linked to motivation and engagement in learning. Fuel Up to Play gives students many opportunities to take on leadership roles in this effort, such as: taking the Fuel Up to Play 60 Pledge; helping to complete the School Wellness Investigation to evaluate their school's strengths and needs; helping to plan a Kickoff or promotion event; participating in youth polling; taking part in Fuel Up to Play 60 Challenges; helping to plan, implement and participating in Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays; participate in promotions at school; working with younger students to implement the program or help them with a Challenge.
Kickoff is one of the Six Steps to Fuel Up to Play 60. It is the time to build excitement about and visibility of your program and to let everyone in your school community know what's going on and why it's important. You can find Kickoff and Promotion Plays in the online Playbook to give you ideas about how you might plan a successful Kickoff event, where you can motivate students to take the Pledge and get involved.
The School Wellness Investigation is a three-part measurement tool designed to help you gauge how your school is accomplishing its district wellness goals related to nutrition and physical activity. By answering a series of questions—and working with your school nutrition and physical activity professionals—you will be able to define goals and document starting points in order to show progress over time. Learn more.
Light Up the Scoreboard is one of the Six Steps to Fuel Up to Play 60. It's when you share your successes with others, get new ideas for improving the nutrition and physical activity environment in your school, and inspire others. You can share your stories about your program on FuelUpToPlay60.com by posting stories and photos of your program in action, where you get a chance to earn rewards for sharing.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Plays are ideas that can be implemented by students—with support from the right people—both to increase student access to (and selection of) nutrient-rich foods on the school menu and to increase opportunities for students to be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. There are Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Kickoff and Promotion Plays to choose from. Healthy Eating Plays include ideas for breakfast at school, cafeteria makeovers, getting students to taste–and choose–nutrient-rich foods, and helping youth learn about the foods that can keep them healthy and ready to learn. Physical Activity Plays focus on building opportunities for students to be active before, during and after school, from in-class activity breaks to the NFL's PLAY 60 program. The Kickoff and Promotion Plays build excitement for the program and keep youth and adults interested in and focused on improving healthy eating and physical activity habits.
The Plays are organized in an online interactive Playbook. You can browse through them by category (Healthy Eating, Physical Activity or Kickoff and Promotion). You can also narrow your selections by using the filters. There are filters for category, grade level, student interests and level of involvement.
Fuel Up to Play 60 provides lots of resources to help you decide which Plays are right for your school. The School Wellness Investigation can help you figure out where your school is in terms of the healthy eating and physical activity environments, so you can select Plays that target areas you need to work on. You can also use the Survey & Polling Tools to help you gauge student interests to find out which Plays are more likely to succeed. Finally, you can use the filters in the interactive Playbook to narrow your selections by grade level, student interest, and level of involvement.
Plays are designed for students to implement in partnership with adults. Student involvement in the program is key to making comprehensive and long-term change, but you can help students build partnerships with key adults (and each other) and encourage them to take on leadership roles.
Students want to have a voice and be heard—and student engagement can be a key factor in the success of school improvement programs. Recruit students from all areas of school life. Ask teachers and coaches for recommendations; work with the student government in your school.
Fuel Up to Play 60 provides tools for all aspects of the program. There are downloadable checklists for planning, tip sheets on how to get students involved, Who Can Help and How resources and Quick Start Guides to engage key adults, templates for promotion including press releases and parent information letters.
The Training Camp houses a set of video clips with ideas and help with activating the Six Steps to Fuel Up to Play 60, an introduction to applying for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60, an exploration of how Fuel Up to Play 60 complements other school wellness programs and a tour of the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. It also includes a Webinar Archive of webinars created in conjunction with our partners to help you implement Fuel Up to Play 60 successfully.
Fuel Up to Play 60 planning tools can help you get organized and implement your Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. There are tools for setting long-term goals, like an interactive timeline, as well as more targeted tools, like a checklist for individual Play planning.
These tools are designed to help you get other people interested and involved in Fuel Up to Play 60. There is an interactive Who Can Help and How database full of information about key people you should involve. There are also tip sheets for involving outside organizations, and resources like the Fuel Up to Play 60 Pledge.
These tools include flyers, letter templates, a tip sheet on how to publicize your successes, and even a resource on how to create a successful video.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Plays are great resources to effect genuine change in the school wellness environment of your school. The "Playbook Bonus" tools are resources that can help you make the Plays even more effective.
The Success Stories section of the website offers examples of successes from schools and individuals that are working the program. It also offers opportunities for you to share your successes, access information that can help you get started or get more involved and opportunities to be recognized for your own efforts.
Simply visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 Success Stories and you'll find photos, shared stories and more—all kinds of information about what people have tried. You'll learn about which Plays and Challenges schools have tried, how schools are using Funds, see highlights of student successes and have opportunities to share your own experiences.
Visit the Success Stories section of FuelUpToPlay60.com to find ways to share photos and/or written summaries of your efforts.
These are fun, competitive activities that challenge students to increase their involvement and discover fun new ways to Fuel Up to Play 60. Each Challenge focuses on one aspect of Fuel Up to Play 60 — healthy eating, physical activity, or the importance of promoting those healthy choices. Students are encouraged to recruit classmates to participate in each Challenge; the larger the group, the more fun! Students are encouraged to work with an adult in their school, like the Program Advisor, to complete the Challenges and to help submit completed video Challenges for a chance to win prizes, unlock digital rewards and possibly be featured on NFLRush.com and FuelUpToPlay60.com!
The Competition Stadium offers a unique way for schools to engage in friendly competitions while getting active, eating healthy and making a difference with Fuel Up to Play 60! Found on the Educator Dashboard at FuelUpToPlay60.com, it allows Program Advisors to create teams and start competitions within their school and district.
You’ll need to be enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 and registered as a Program Advisor to create and participate in a competition. Any students enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 can be part of your competitions in the Competition Stadium. The competitions draw on data collected via the Student Dashboard, so only enrolled students’ activity will be counted toward your team’s score.
Yes, it is free to participate in the Competition Stadium and in Fuel Up to Play 60. To create a team or competition, we ask that you enroll in Fuel Up to Play 60 and become a Program Advisor. Only Program Advisors can create teams and competitions.
If you are a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor, log on to your Dashboard and click on the Competition Stadium tab. (If you are not a Program Advisor, you have the option to become one by checking a box on your Dashboard.) You will want to first build a team or select from teams already listed in the Competition Stadium to be part of the competition. As the person who builds the team, you are the Team Coach. There are two different types of competitions: pre-set competitions (suggestions offered by Fuel Up to Play 60) and write-in (or custom) competitions. These can be private (limited to teams in your school or district, as you select) or public (open to any team in your school or district to join).
Visit the Competition Stadium on your Educator Dashboard (you must be a Program Advisor to have access to the Competition Stadium) and click the “Resources” tab for access to an Overview and FAQs.