It’s time to show off your acting skills! We learned how you practice healthy eating with the Fuel Up to Play 60 Cooking Show Challenge, but now we want to know how you get active! The Fuel Up to Play 60 Physical Activity Skit Challenge is a great way to demonstrate your acting skills and get active. Find a Physical Activity Play in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook and get together with your school or some friends and show us how you started a walking club, activity zones or any physical activity play in the Playbook. Submit your Physical Activity Skit from February 2, 2012 through March 26, 2012, this is a great way to get active and have fun with Fuel Up to Play 60!
Take a look at some Fuel Up to Play 60 plays you can use to help you complete the challenge:
Stop and Go Signs- Place “point-of-decision” prompts around the school that encourage everyone to get active. These signs or posters remind students (and adults) to take advantage of every opportunity to be active. Encourage students to increase their physical activity!
Get into Intramurals- Organize intramural sports games either at school or in your local parks. Encourage families to participate.
Cultural Dance Club- Start an after-school dance club to teach different dances representative of your school community’s cultures—or new ones. Help students and teachers learn about the varied dances of the world while they’re also getting in some great physical activity!
Lunch Break- Get students active during lunch by having everyone get up and take a short 3- 5 minute activity break each day. Add some fun by making contests out of the activities. Encourage your whole student body to track these physical activities to see their own progress!
Health is essential for students to thrive; physical activity is a major component of Health. Getting the recommended amount of physical activity (at least 60 minutes daily for kids and teens) — can help students feel their best right now and stay healthier in the long run. Not only will it help students stay healthy but, studies from the California Department of Education show that there is a positive relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement in California. Take this opportunity to encourage students and staff to participate in the Fuel Up to Play 60 movement.
Three months ago, the School Detectives blog was posted. It summarized how students in Redwood City took the initiative to assess their school’s health environment to determine what positive changes could be made with Dairy Council of California’s Territory Manager and local Fuel Up to Play 60 advisor, Valerie Fung-a-Ling. The students were so engaged that they took their efforts one step further. After completing the School Wellness Investigation they encouraged and promoted healthy eating habits and how develop and further expand student cooking skills.
This initiative began with a school-wide “Healthy Breakfast” recipe contest. The top eight recipes were picked by the student-led Fuel Up to Play 60 team; Mrs. Darrow, Program Advisor, Anna Lague, the Child Nutrition Service Director and her cafeteria staff. The judges considered six criteria that included originality, simple presentation, healthy attributes, plate presentation, and best use of one or more of the following ingredients: fruits, whole grains, eggs, low fat milk, yogurt, or low fat cheese. Students video-taped the event and submitted their work through SchoolTube in order to participate in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Cooking Show Challenge.
As a result of their successes, McKinley Institution of Technology was awarded the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant. Mrs. Darrow is looking forward to using the funds to start up a food lab to conduct cooking classes for her students.
Special Congratulations to the winning student!
the winner won an autographed football for her winning recipe in a cooking contest at MIT on December 15, 2011 Looking very professional in white chef hats and coats, eight students demonstrated their culinary skills in a final competition by cooking up their favorite breakfast recipe. The winning student will move on to the Sodexo Regional Future Chef competition. Best of luck to her and her competitors!
Do you want to be the host of your own cooking show? This student did!
In this Challenge, students were encouraged to create a recipe for an entree, side dish, or snack. The entry needed to include a nutritious recipe presented through a video cooking demonstration like those you see on television, or a written recipe including a series of photos of the final product. Lastly, students needed to include nutritious ingredients in their recipe such as low-fat or fat free dairy foods, whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables!
Fuel up to Play 60 received video submissions for the Cooking Show Challenge from November 14- January 2.
Many engaging and creative videos were submitted nationwide, choosing a winner will be tougher than the Cooking show challenge! Take a look at this Cooking show challenge submission from our state of California… “Kayla’s Kale Crisps”
To view additional video submissions go onto the Fuel Up to Play 60 website, where you can find more featured videos in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Cooking Show Channel! Remember to stay tuned- the winner will be chosen just in time for the NFL Super bowl, February 5, 2012.
Every year individuals will use the New Year as a new beginning to try and change habits or start new healthy habits. This year make a commitment to a healthier year in your life and in your community, get started with Fuel Up to Play 60. Encourage youth to eat healthy and move more —studies suggest that well-nourished, physically active kids can be better students. Fuel up to Play 60 allows YOU to make a commitment to healthy eating and 60 minutes of physical activity every day. It’s time to make a difference.
Young Children: Start your new year by setting your own Fuel Up to Play 60 goals to eat healthy, get active and make a difference in your school. You can also challenge a friend to keep the fun going! Use the food and activity tracker to see your progress.
Teens: you can also partake in a healthy New Year’s Resolution by tracking your physical activity and improvements with the TeenBEAT tool.
Adults: We have you covered as well; try out our adult version of the food and activity tracker, this tool can help stay on the path with your health goals this year.
Go onto the Fuel up to Play 60 Website for tons of fun ideas that encourage healthy eating and physical activity at your school whether you are an administrator, teacher, student, or parent.
Keep a Lookout for the upcoming Fuel Up to Play 60 Physical Activity Skit Challenge; it is a great way to demonstrate your acting skills and get active. Find a Physical Activity Play in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook and get together with your school to show us how you started a walking club or any Physical Activity Play in the Playbook. This is a great way to get active and have fun with Fuel Up to Play 60!
Pioneer Middle School in Tustin, CA is once again a Fuel Up to Play 60 rock star! Pioneer Middle school used Fuel Up To Play 60 to give their cafeteria a makeover. The Healthy Eating Play, A Little Paint Can Go a Long Way, gave the students a chance to give their cafeteria a facelift. Students were encouraged to enter their healthy lifestyle design into Pioneer’s mural contest. The mural contest lasted 2 weeks and the theme included the school colors, mascot, and had to promote healthy foods and being physically active.
Last Friday, December 16, 2011, during the Student of The Month Assembly, contest participants were awarded with certificates and the winning design for the mural contest was announced. Congratulations to the 8th grade winner, she did a spectacular job!
Wildcat Winner: The winning design is to be painted on the school cafeteria wallcome February to improve the eating environment. The winner will also have their original drawing blown-up and framed next to the mural.
To compliment their new mural; they will also revamp their menu item names by using the Point-of-Purchase Promo Play to help promote an awareness of healthy choices that the cafeteria offers. Students will participate in a monthly contest to rename Pioneer’s healthy food choices by entering their submissions into a designated box. Awinner will be chosen every month. The food item will rotate monthly- one from breakfast and then one from lunch.
Wildcat Winner: The breakfast winners will be able to invite 9 friends to a catered breakfast meal featuring their spotlighted food item!
Pioneer Middle School is a great example of what can be done within your district.
A HUGE thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60 in partnership with Tustin Unified School District’s Nutrition Services for funding the cafeteria makeover.
December brings warm holiday feelings and music and best of all family. December for many also means the season for giving! Every year during the month of December people want to give to the less fortunate; they donate food and toys to families and children in need. However, health is one of our biggest needs for without it we cannot enjoy even the simplest of things. This year try giving the gift of health to your school community. With Fuel Up to Play 60 and the gift of time you can help students prioritize healthy eating and physical activity, while contributing to their long-term well being and encourage parents, teachers, and staff to get involved with Fuel Up to Play 60 to create a healthier school environment. After all, a healthier school benefits everyone!
Here are some great fun family ideas you can help coordinate:
Family Fitness Challenge : Challenge students to see how many family fitness activities they can participate in with a family member or caretaker throughout the school year (or a shorter timeframe). Send home ideas through the parent newsletter or in a separate flyer, and put up classroom or school-wide bulletin boards where students can record their participation. Make physical activity a family focus throughout the year!
Culture Dance Club: Start an after-school dance club to teach students different dances representative of your school community’s cultures—or new ones. Help students and teachers learn about the varied dances of the world while they’re also getting in some great physical activity! You can teach the classes yourself or have a dance studio donate a lesson or two.
Family, Food and Fitness Day: Host a family day to highlight the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Through fun physical activities and healthy eating opportunities, help families learn how they can eat and play together in a healthy way.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Cooking Show Challenge: Help students host and submit their own cooking show by January 2, 2012! Students get the chance to demonstrate a Healthy Eating Play from the Playbook to show how their friends are eating healthy with Fuel Up to Play 60. You can even get your whole school involved!
Event Date: 10/5/11
School: Linwood Elementary School, Visalia Unified School District, Tulare County-Central Valley.
Activity Description: Linwood Elementary, Home of the Eagles, took the Fuel Up to Play 60 pledge at their annual Walk to School Day on October 5, 2011. Over 200 students stopped by the Fuel Up to Play 60 booth and signed the pledge board! The booth and pledge board were provided by Dairy Council of California’s Territory Manger, Angie Tazio R.D., who also provided information about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and the importance of eating a healthy well-balanced breakfast- “Good nutrition begins with breakfast Eating a healthy breakfast provides the first fuel of the day for our brain and body; giving us energy we need to start the day!”. The students were not the only ones involved in the event. The school’s Parent Teacher Association was a great partner and provided both their support of the event and healthysnacks such as milk, yogurt, string cheese, granola bars and bottled water. Go to the Fuel Up to Play 60 website to see how you can tie in Fuel Up to Play 60 at your next school event!
Photo: Linwood Elementary student enjoying her yogurt while hanging out at the Fuel up to Play 60 booth.
Parents: We will be spending our holidays with family and loved ones. One of the best things about getting together for the holidays is that we all get the chance to sit together to eat, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company! This is the perfect time of the year to be thinking about healthy recipes, try a new recipe for the holidays that you can taste test with your family and friends. Eating meals with your family is so important; research has found that when families eat meals together, they raise happier, healthier, more successful children. Sharing a meal is so vital that a whole campaign has been dedicated to it, Take this chance to sign up for the Eat Better, Eat Together pledge.
Be sure to check out how easy it is to be a Program Advisor and support Fuel Up to Play 60 at school.
Students: This year from November 14, 2011-January 2, 2012 you will get the opportunity to host and submit your very own cooking show! All you have to do is present a nutritious recipe through a video cooking demonstration or a written recipe with photos of the final product. Consider using the Fuel Up to Play 60 Recipe Contest Play at your school or the new Creative Cooking Play to help you with your Challenge entry. The recipes may be a main dish for breakfast or lunch, side dish, or a snack. Be sure to submit your Cooking Show Challenge entry on-line for a chance to win a visit from a NFL football player!
Related News: Take a look at what students across the nation submitted for last year’s Fuel Up Healthy Recipe Challenge , Beyond PB&J: Cooking with Kids. Special recognition goes out to Pioneer Middle school in Tustin; a recipe submission from a 12 year old student was such a hit that it is now featured in Beyond PB&J: Cooking with Kids.
School Wellness Investigation Description: The School Wellness Investigation is a needs assessment tool that will help you and your school team members collect information about your school’s current nutrition and physical activity environment – and identify opportunities to make it even better.
Students from McKinley Institute of Technology (MIT) Middle School, in Redwood City, decided to be school detectives and conduct a health investigation at their school with the help of their Language Arts/History Teacher, Estelle Darrow, and Dairy Council of California’s Territory Manager, Valerie Fung-a-Ling.
Goal: To submit findings and contribute to their school’s health environment by finding out what aspects can be improved.
The Committee: A meeting was set up with the Food Committee and their Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor, Estelle Darrow. The goal of the meeting was to form a Fuel Up To Play 60 Committee and facilitate the completion of the school Wellness Investigation at MIT. The purpose of the Wellness Investigation was explained and the expectations to complete the task were outlined for the students. Valerie then asked the group for volunteers to form a sub-committee to conduct the Wellness Investigation. 15 enthusiastic students volunteered for the job.
Students in Action: Estelle and Valerie met with the 15 students the following week. The students were divided into three work groups according to the three areas of the WI – Nutrition, Family/Community and Physical Education. Each group received a copy of their specific area, which outlined the details of their task. A leader volunteered from each group to report back the results. The students conducted a needs assessment for each area of the wellness investigation; they discussed the questions and answered only those they knew were 100% correct. The Program Advisor, Estelle, and Territory Manager, Valerie, guided the students on how to collect the information they needed to complete the unanswered questions. For example, they helped set up a meeting with the principal, talk to the P.E. instructor, survey the students, etc.
What is Next: The Program Advisor will compile the data and complete the report. The report will be shared with the entire committee and submitted on-line at the FUTP 60 Website.
The Food and Agriculture Organization created a day to promote the importance of drinking milk…The goal is to organize a day focused on school milk programs. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 28th! World School Milk Day is globally recognized in countries throughout the world, Fuel up to Play 60 can help schools acknowledge and celebrate the date by offering fun-filled and easy-to-do ideas!
Farm to School: Have your students learn about how milk gets in their cafeteria and homes.
Drink Milk and Recycle: Teach your students about the benefits of milk and recycling, this fun activity will focus on the 9 key nutrients milk!
Milk Mustache Booth: Students get the chance to actively promote milk throughout the campus by wearing their celebrity milk mustaches.
Build Your Own Shake-Up: Add a “Build-Your-Own Shake Up Bar” in your school cafeteria, encouraging students at your school to try new smoothie combinations. Encourage students to drink nutrient-rich low-fat or fat-free dairy and fruit smoothies – and to improve their healthy eating habits every day.
Encourage your students to take this 10 question on-line quiz Bone Up on Milk to test their knowledge about milk and milk products. Adult scan take this very quick and easy Calcium Quiz to see if you are getting enough calcium from foods you eat. For those needing to boost calcium intake, easy suggestions for increasing calcium are offered.