Keeping Kids Healthy in School and at Home ~ Fuel Up to Play 60!

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Chris No Comments

We all know that for any athlete to succeed, he or she will need a healthy lifestyle. All students for that matter need to learn about eating healthy and staying physically active.

That is the idea behind Fuel Up to Play 60. It’s a collaborative effort between the National Dairy Council, the NFL and the USDA. The hope is that the program will empower students to make small changes in their life and in school.

So how would you like your favorite NFL player to come to your school? Sounds great right!

As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, these NFL players visit your school and encourage you to eat right and stay fit. Students can also win cool prizes like Super Bowl Tickets. How does your school get involved? Contact your local dairy council to find out more.

In the meantime, here are ways parents can help get their kids started. Dairy Max suggests starting your kids day off with a solid breakfast (and not just cereal or a pop tart).

Here is their recommendations:

Be a role model — Your kids are more likely to eat breakfast if you do, too.
Beyond boxed cereal — Get creative , top a tortilla with peanut butter and banana slices and serve with low-fat milk.
Rushed morning rescue — Keep portable items on hand such as yogurts in a tube, granola bars, fruit and single-serve, low-fat milk.
Eat for energy — Plan breakfast around at least three of the five food groups, especially low-fat or fat-free dairy foods, fruits and whole grains.
Late out of the gate? Eat breakfast at school — School breakfast is available for all students and is a great nutritional value.

And if you want to learn more, check out some sample menus for kids.

Don’t forget to eat right, set a good example and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.


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