Yes! There is a competitive, nationwide funding program for K—12 schools enrolled in the program: Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60.
Funding for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 is generously provided by America's Dairy Farmers, along with our collaborators for the November 2014 funding round: Let's Move! Active Schools, Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Dean Foods and The Quaker Oats Company. Funds offers the opportunity for qualified schools to apply to receive up to $4,000 to support implementation of wellness initiatives, or "Plays" from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. Plays focus on creating fun and exciting ways to increase in—school opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
Applications for Funds are accepted two times per school year. The awarding of Funds is competitive and based on the application process. You can access more detailed information about Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 by visiting the Funding page.
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 communications from Fuel Up to Play 60 or 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.
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.
When you Join the Team, you will automatically begin receiving the monthly eNewsletter! 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!
When you become a Program Advisor you will automatically begin receiving this communication each month. The Program Advisor eAlert contains actionable information that will keep you, your students and your school engaged in Fuel Up to Play 60 opportunities throughout the school year.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a for-youth, with-youth program empowering students to create healthy changes nationwide. The largest in-school wellness program was created by the National Dairy Council and National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. School grants, exciting NFL rewards, a healthy eating and physical activity "Playbook" designed to help make schools healthier places to learn and be successful, and additional resources help make the customizable program easy for any school to implement, and any student to be engaged.
There are great rewards through Fuel Up to Play 60 for your students, your school and you! Adults who take on the role of Program Advisors are eligible for special rewards and recognition. Visit the Rewards and Incentives page to see what rewards opportunities are in store this school year!
Fuel Up to Play 60 was launched by National Dairy Council® (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL).
Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to empower students to make themselves and their schools healthier. Students want to have a voice and be heard—and student engagement can be a key factor in the success of school wellness programs. 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 completing the School Wellness Investigation. Read more about Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassadors, and for more information on how they earn Points and achieve Levels, see How it Works.
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.
Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com during each Campaign to find out what the call to action is for students and schools to get involved. It will change with each Campaign and theme.
Students can report their participation on their Student Dashboards for a chance to earn Points and enter themselves, and their school, for a chance to win.*
*-see official rules
Campaigns are periods of time when Fuel Up to Play 60 provides ways for students, educators, families and the larger community to get involved in making a difference in school wellness. There are two Campaigns each school year: one in the fall and one in the spring. You can find out how to get involved each year when you log in to your Dashboard and visit the Campaigns and Activities tab found under the School tab — and be sure to check your email and Dashboard Message Center for updates from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Team!
Joining Fuel Up to Play 60 is easy! Simply go to the join page and enter your information. Then consider becoming a Program Advisor. 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 and help schools earn the Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School Award. Additionally, Program Advisors have access to exclusive Perks which can be found on their Dashboard, including downloadable flyers and posters, opportunities for rewards and recognition and funding to make it all happen. Learn more.
Fuel Up to Play 60 provides lots of Resources to help you decide which Plays are right for your school. When you fill out the School Wellness Investigation, you will receive a customized list of Plays to help you make positive changes in your school's wellness environment! You can also use the Survey & Polling Tools to help you gauge student interests to find out which Plays are more likely to succeed.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Plays are school—tested action strategies that are implemented by students—with support from adults in their school — to increase student access to (and selection of) nutrient—rich foods and 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 increase awareness of, and excitement about, Fuel Up to Play 60. Check out the Playbook!
The Playbook is a collection of five Healthy Eating Plays and five Physical Activity Plays that were developed with the input of students, educators and other experts. Based on research, Plays are designed to be implemented by students with the support of adults, providing them with fun and exciting ideas to help their school make sustainable, healthy changes and meet their wellness goals. The 10 Plays in the current Playbook are the Plays that are eligible for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60!
Wondering who should be involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 at your school? The key to a successful Fuel Up to Play 60 program is a strong team of students and adults backed by administrative and community support. Encourage everyone to join your Fuel Up to Play 60 team - there's plenty of room! Strong teams also have multiple Program Advisors and students working hard to earn Points and become Ambassadors! For tips on how to build a team in your school, see Who Can Help and How for ideas, as well as Team Building Tips and other Engagement Tools!
You can get the word out that your school is a Fuel Up to Play 60 school by using the Tools and Resources offered on the site, or opening up the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook! Check out the promotion Plays to get the word out at your school! There are great ideas, like the Poster Contest Play, that will help you get your whole school involved!
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 in whatever order works best for you and your school. Each step serves an important function for the program:
Step One: Join the League gets the word out to others that you are a Fuel Up to Play 60 school, and helps to get people interested in what you are doing and build partnerships for success.
Step Two: Build Teams and Draft Key Players helps you to work together and form a team of adults and students.
Step Three: Kickoff builds visibility, awareness and excitement about your program.
Step Four: Survey the Field empowers you to get a sense of your school's strengths and needs, and helps you plan which Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays you will implement.
Step Five: Game Time is when you implement your Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays to make long-term changes in your school.
Step Six: Light Up the Scoreboard is about sharing your Success Stories with the nation, learning about new ideas from others and getting inspired.
Kickoff is one of the Six Steps to Fuel Up to Play 60. It is an event that can be whatever you want it to be, to build excitement about and visibility of your program! It will let everyone in your school community know what's going on with the program, and why it's important. Read more about what a Kickoff is here.
The School Wellness Investigation is a "before" and "after" tool that will help you and your students evaluate your school's current school wellness environment. Students, with the help of adults, collect the data to help you set goals and measure your school's progress. Read more about the School Wellness Investigation here.
You must join and log in to submit a Success Story. From the top navigation bar on FuelUpToPlay60.com, you will see the option to "Submit a Story" under "Success Stories." This will take you to the Success Story submission page, from which 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 of the Six Steps to activating Fuel Up to Play 60 — Light Up the Scoreboard.
The Success Stories section of the website is a robust resource you can utilize to learn about what is working in other Fuel Up to Play 60 schools! It's also where you can share your school and individual successes! Here you will learn such things as how other schools are implementing particular Plays, how Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 is being used and how Fuel Up to Play 60 complements other school wellness programs. Success Stories will also give you a glimpse of where people are encountering hurdles to their success — and show you how people are overcoming those hurdles. 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.
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 and Resources offer great ideas to help make Fuel Up to Play 60 a success in your school!
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:
Be the First!
Be the first Program Advisor at your school and have a chance to win a Fuel Up to Play 60 Prize Pack full of great goodies to share with your team! See official rules