Fueling Kids with Fitness and Nutrition

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of participating in a celebration of Fuel Up to Play 60.  This was the fifth anniversary celebration of the nation’s largest in-school wellness program and the announcement of the renewed five year commitment from the program’s partners:  the National Dairy Council and the National Football League.

The celebration was held at Pulaski International School in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. It was a sea of blue!  Blue from all the school children wearing their Fuel Up to Play 60 t-shirts and from former Chicago Bears Otis Wilson, Anthony Morgan, and Hunter Hillenmeyer in their jerseys.  Here is a photo of the event’s opening with some dance moves led by the Bears.

Bears Dance

These are some photos with the kids after some fun football drills illustrating the importance of 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Antony MorganOtis Wilson

To model the healthy eating component of Fuel Up to Play 60, there were also some yummy snacks served by Celebrity Chef Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew:  a yogurt, berry, granola parfait and bean & cheese tortilla.  What fun!

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program I am intricately involved with here at home.  In our Illinois Glenbard High School District 87, all four high schools participate in this program.  Just this week, we completed a student-led, all-school Fall Fitness Challenge where students had fun with hula hoops, holding planks, and jumping rope during lunch.  Prizes were awarded in each lunch period.  Next semester, we will embark on our third annual Healthy Cooking Challenge. I’ve written previously about our involvement in Fuel Up to Play 60 and the generous grant we received from the Midwest Dairy Council here.

Is your school involved?  With this renewed commitment for Fuel Up to Play 60, why not join the other 73,000 schools serving 14 million students nationwide who are making a difference for healthy eating and physical activity.  Join today!


6 responses

  1. Lynn, what a super opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children – one that can grow into a lifetime of benefit. Thanks for your work to help fuel this generation!! Blessings, Nancy

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