Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research with youth, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student challenges. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association.
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 Back to School Kit is distributed to schools that are active in Fuel Up to Play 60. It is not necessary you obtain a Back to School Kit, since everything you need to implement the program can be found on FuelUpToPlay60.com. The Back to School 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 Back to School Kit also includes a welcome letter and flyer.
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. Funding may be used to support a range of activities related to the 2013-14 Playbook. Applications for Funds are being accepted two times this school year. 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 take on the role of 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 that also have a Program Advisor tracking their progress and have at least one student who has reached the Ambassador Level 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, as well as opportunities for you and your school. It will help you 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. Only schools with one or more Program Advisors can apply for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60. And 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 and helps get buy-in from the principal and other decision makers. Only schools with one or more Program Advisors can apply for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60. Program Advisors help complete and check off the Six Steps of Fuel Up to Play 60 on their Dashboard, help schools earn the Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School Award and receive a Certificate of Achievement and recognition report, sent to their school’s principal and district superintendent. Program Advisors have access to exclusive Perks which can be found on the Educator Dashboard, including rewards, recognition and funding to make it all happen. Learn more.
A Back to School Kit was available to early enrollees of the program. But you don't need one to implement Fuel Up to Play 60. All that you need can be found on FuelUpToPlay60.com, which includes an e-version of the Back to School Kit.
The Six Steps to Fuel Up to Play 60 are outlined for you 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 Back to School Kit – or by downloading them from FuelUpToPlay60.com. There is a banner that can generate buzz and excitement. "Suiting up your school" with the banner 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. You can suit up your school in your own way, too, by starting a poster contest, for instance!
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. See Who Can Help and How for ideas about who else can help. Then hold a meeting to start planning some activities and events. Remember, it's important to build a strong team – comprised 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 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 60 gives students many opportunities to take on leadership roles in this effort, including becoming an Ambassador and helping to complete the School Wellness Investigation to evaluate their school's strengths and needs.
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 and inspire others and get new ideas for improving the nutrition and physical activity environment in your school. You can share your stories about your program on FuelUpToPlay60.com by posting stories and photos of your program in action. By doing so, you get a chance to earn rewards for sharing!
Fuel Up to Play 60 Plays are action strategies 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 opportunities for students to be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. There are Healthy Eating, Physical Activity as well as Kickoff and Promotion Plays to increase awareness of, and excitement about, Fuel Up to Play 60. Learn more.
The 2013-14 Playbook is a collection of 5 Healthy Eating Plays and 5 Physical Activity Plays that complement the 2013-14 school year’s Campaigns: Make Your Move (in the fall), and It Starts with School Breakfast (in the spring). The 10 Plays are the fundable Plays for 2013-14, and will help you keep the Campaigns going throughout the year.
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 its healthy eating and physical activity environment, 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.
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 wellness improvement programs. Recruit students from all areas of school life to create an online account with Fuel Up to Play 60. Once online, there are tools and resources for students to become engaged in the program. They will be encouraged as they earn Points and collect fun Badges for their achievements with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Fuel Up to Play 60 provides Tools and Resources for all aspects of the program. Under the Tools & Resources tab on FuelUpToPlay60.com, you’ll find:
Take a look and take advantage of all Fuel Up to Play 60 has to offer!
Yes, there is. Tools are generated by the Fuel Up to Play 60 team and are specific to the program. Resources are generated by our partners and supporters and will help you implement the program. Both Tools & Resources offer great ideas to help make Fuel Up to Play 60 a success in your school!
The Success Stories section of the website is a robust resource you can utilize to learn what is working in other Fuel Up to Play 60 schools – and it’s where you can share your school and individual successes! Here you will learn how other schools are implementing particular Plays, how Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 are being used and how Fuel Up to Play 60 complements other school wellness programs. Success Stories will even give you a glimpse of where people are encountering hurdles to their success – and show you how people are overcoming those hurdles.
On the main page, a “Success Story of the Week” is featured. In the drop-down menu, under “View All Stories,” you are able to filter all user submissions by Category, School Year, Grade Level, State, District and School. You can even do a text search if you are looking for specific information about any aspect of Fuel Up to Play 60.
You must be logged in to access the submission page. In the Success Stories drop-down menu on FuelUpToPlay60.com, you will see a selection for “Submit a Story.” From there, you will be able to share your story as well as upload digital images, if you’d like! And when you do, you will automatically receive credit for checking off Step Six – Light Up the Scoreboard – of the Six Steps of Fuel Up to Play 60.
Campaigns are periods of time where a key message / movement takes Fuel Up to Play 60 center-stage. Campaigns provide ways for students, educators, families and the larger community to get involved in making a difference through Fuel Up to Play 60. There are two Campaigns this school year. The themes are Make Your Move (in the fall) and It Starts With School Breakfast (in the spring).
Encourage your student team to review the 2013-2014 Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook for action strategies related to physical activity and school breakfast. There are also easy-to-do promotion ideas available on FuelUpToPlay60.com.
You can report your school’s activity for each Campaign on your Educator Dashboard. Doing so will enter your school into a random drawing for an NFL player visit. Students should report their participation on their Student Dashboards for a chance to earn Points, collect Badges and achieve Levels online. They can also be entered to win a customized NFL jersey.
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. Students can also see that competitions are available on the Student Dashboard.
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 that you create. These can be private (limited to teams in your school or district that you select) or public (open to any team in your school or district to join). Why not think about tying a competition to one of this year’s Campaigns!
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.