Agency: Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP)
Title: Healthy Schools Summit: Cultivating Healthy Central Valley Schools:
PA/PE: Promoting Positive Lifestyle Change in the Community Panel Presentation:
Fuel Up to Play 60 was presented by Angie Tazio, Registered Dietitian and Territory Manager at Dairy Council of California. The breakout session took place at the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program: Healthy School Summit-Cultivating Healthy Central Valley Schools, on September 16, 2011. There were local School Administers, Food Service Directors, Health Educators, Physical Education Teachers, School Nurses, and After School Program Directors who attended the physical activity and physical education breakout session. A Fuel Up to Play 60 program overview was provided with emphasis on the role of the Program Advisor, program website, and online resources. The session described what the program is and how it works. The program website and online resources included six easy steps schools can take towards improving their healthy campus environment and getting students actively involved. The Fuel Up to Play 60 introductory DVD was also viewed by all attendees, this was a great guide for school leaders to jumpstart a healthy eating and physical activity program at their schools and serve as a Program Advisor for their students.
The breakout session was very successful in attendance and captivated school leaders. There were approximately 50 school leaders in attendance who gained the knowledge and tools to better their school environment. We look forward to future Fuel Up to Play 60 success stories from the Central Valley!
The Game Plan: Last February, South Bay Union School District applied for the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant. The Child Nutrition Department selected Emory Elementary as the site to receive the grant funds. Their intention was to inspire the entire student population to come to school early, eat a healthy breakfast and join the before school walk/run club to increase their physical activity.
The Kick-off: Our Dairy Council of California representative, Heather Troska and two of the San Diego Charger Girls came to have breakfast at the school and led the students in a warm up routine before the walking/running club started. The event was a huge success; the cafeteria served two hundred and forty six breakfast meals on May 3rd, compared to the regular average of one hundred and fifty breakfast meals. Once breakfast was finished everyone joined the Charger Girls out on the walking field and participated in a series of stretches and exercises to music. After everyone warmed up, students, staff and parents began walking or jogging laps around the field. The event was really fun and well attended by students, staff and parents.
Students in Action: The Principal of Emory Elementary site was very supportive of the program and she offered to inspire the teachers to volunteer. The Principal distributed gift card incentives to teachers that volunteered to track and encourage students to eat breakfast and participate in the before school walking/running club. Students earned rewards such as pedometers, walking journals, small shoe charms and water bottles for participating in the before school walking club. Emory also paid for logoed tee shirts that said “I Am A Proud Member of Emory’s Running Club” based on the number of laps students either walked or jogged. To encourage continued participation and support of Fuel Up to Play 60, the school displayed nutritional posters, a menu board and baskets for the cafeteria to attractively display fresh fruit and other breakfast items.
Results: Breakfast participation increased by about thirty meals per day and stayed steady the rest of the year.
The before school walking program increased by twenty five to thirty students.
Several staff members and parents also joined and participated in the Emory Running Club on a regular basis.
CHANGE is the perfect recipe to fight the obesity epidemic through a combination of education, demonstration, and application. There are many ways to advocate healthy eating and lifestyles, while making it a fun and pleasurable experience! Take for example what one of the Dairy Council of California’s Territory Manager’s, Candice Sainz-Lau, did at Norco Intermediate in the Corona – Norco District.
Candice initiated the You’ll Love Yoga Play by contacting Corona’s local Yoga Den-Yoga Studio for donations or free services. They partnered together in efforts to give back to the community. Denise, the owner of the yoga studio offered a one free class coupon, which Candice passed out to Norco Intermediate students at a Fuel Up to Play 60 event.
At Norco Intermediate, a new class of 7th grade students had the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and fun ways to be more physically active. Candice along with Alex Lopez, from the Dairy Council of California, hosted a Fuel Up to Play 60 table filled with engaging activities like taste-testing of blue-berry yogurt parfaits with organic pumpkin granola. Students also spun a prize wheel to see what type of physical activity they would demonstrate or nutrition related question they would answer. All 7th grade students that participated in these fun activities were given Fuel Up to Play 60 pencils and recipe cards.
Parents were provided with healthy eating tips from Dairy Council of California’s Making Meals Matter for Your School Aged Child: A Guide for Busy Parents and fun recipes for family meals.
This event was a success! All incoming 7th graders and their parents learned valuable information about healthy lifestyle choices. Even the Yoga Den owner said “many parents came in the studio with the coupon they saved from this Fuel Up to Play 60 event!”
Try contacting your own local yoga instuctor t see if you can develop a partnership with studios in your community. It is guaranteed to be a win-win effort for everyone!
For many years, the “Got Milk” ads have used famous people on their advertisements to promote milk and the health benefits of consuming the daily recommended servings of this food group. The Milk Mustache Booth Play from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program has given students the opportunity to show their peers how much they enjoy drinking low-fat and non-fat milk just like some of their favorite celebrities.
For National Dairy Month, Horton Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District decided to make their students milk mustache celebrities. The activity highlights the benefits of low-fat and fat-free dairy foods in students’ diets and allows students sample dairy foods!
The event was a huge success! According to Friday Notes, “Ten lucky students from each class had their photos taken in the Milk Mustache Photo Booth following the recent Dairy Council of California presentation to students. The presentation taught students about the nine key nutrients in milk and how to add an extra serving of milk or dairy into their daily diet.”
Congratulations to the Fuel Up to Play 60 winners! The winning schools will begin their school year celebrating, with help from the Fuel Up to Play 60 funding program they will be able to create a healthier school environment throughout the school year.
Check out just a few of the great ideas these schools will implement this school year!
Ranchito Avenue Elementary from Los Angeles Unified
- Students will be recognized for getting “Caught Being Healthy” or for participation in healthy school activities, such as Junior Olympics and Marathon Kids. Student giveaways will include recipe books, physical fitness equipment, and pedometers.
- In-class physical Activity Breaks – Students in various classes will be physical fitness leaders and demonstrate physical activity breaks and teach them to the entire school during the Monday morning assemblies.
Fay Elementary from San Diego Unified
- A Breakfast Buddy program will be started to help increase participation and Morning Broadcasts will now feature NEW healthy eating and exercise segments to help spread the word about the importance of eating a balanced breakfast.
- Healthy Choices poster contests highlighting foods and their benefits.
- Hoopapalooza Fitness Night (exercise assembly and fruit kabob snacks) for students and families. Teachers will receive outside training in order to carry out this event from year to year to motivate students and families to have fun being physically active and eating healthy.
Pioneer Middle from Tustin Unified
- The Physical Education teachers will lead the monthly physical testing and student tracking of activity.
- Point of Purchase Play- Students are going to hold a contest to rename healthy breakfast and lunch entrees to highlight nutrient dense choices.
- A Little Paint Can Go a Long Way Play- Students will submit drawings for a healthy mural contest- the mural must show a healthy lifestyle by incorporating healthy foods and exercise, while capturing the school spirit. The winner will have their mural painted on the side of the cafeteria building.
The school year might be over, but Fuel Up to Play 60 is still going strong! Check out fueluptoplay60.com to learn more about the Summer Theme Song Challenge and how Fuel Up to Play 60 is encouraging students to eat healthy and stay active this summer.
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