Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor and PE teacher, Meredith Brook, is a true champion of creating a healthy school environment. Meredith’s efforts are a perfect example of how Fuel Up to Play 60 not only fits into, but enhances everything teachers already do at their schools, even testing! Thanks to the grant funding she received through participating in this in-school wellness program, collaborating with food service staff and a little creativity, Meredith was able to provide healthy snacks for students during testing week. Ms. Brook sent an email out to all teachers including a link to a survey to vote for their snack preferences:
“Fuel Up to Play 60 would love to fuel up your students with a Snack Smarter Snack Bag for testing. During a day of testing we’ll have a snack bag ready for you to pickup to take back to class to fuel minds.
Please take a quick class survey and tell us what your students would like. The top choice will be revealed the testing day you collect your snack bag. We could really use the response today so we can get the food order placed. We’re hoping to deliver sometime after the 1st week of testing. Thanks for your help and best wishes on the test!
Team Active Ashland”
The school food service ordered the food items and the Fuel Up to Play 60 student team assembled the bags for teachers to pick up on their day of choice. Teamwork at its best, fueling healthy minds!
“Our community has been motivated by the positive changes we are seeing since participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Two years ago Lowell Elementary received a grant to help make our school more healthy and active. The funding helped with two main events: a Zumba/Smoothie Night and a Bowl Away Diabetes Night.
Our Zumba/Smoothie event drew over 300 people – it was awesome! After zumba we celebrated with four stations where families were able to make healthy smoothies full of veggies, fruits and dairy. The event was full of energy and the students really enjoyed planning as well as participating with their families.
Bowl Away Diabetes was also a very fun and active family event. Students were encouraged to write essays on how they can get their families to be active and healthy, with 25 students winning five free tickets to bowl. Getting our community involved and supporting our students in positive and active events has made our community stronger and healthier.
Students helped develop the ideas and events for our school. As a Program Advisor, I helped support our leadership team with tools, time and help. Our students set the dates, made flyers, posters, helped set up the event and supervised it. They have made all of the difference in the world. Through this process they learned that involving parents and teachers is essential in making our school and community more active and healthier” – Daniel Velazquez, PE Teacher and Fuel Up To Play 60 Program Advisor, Lowell Elementary School, Mesa.
Country Place Elementary implemented Fuel Up To Play 60 this year and their kick-off was a huge hit with students! Posters announcing the program and healthy messaging were placed around the school and students were invited to play flag football and take a few shots on goal at the inflatable soccer kick during recess. After submitting a funding application, Country Place Elementary was awarded $3640 from the Dairy Council of Arizona to implement their Farm to School Play from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Play book.
“Part of the funding will be used to build a school garden which will act as an interactive tool to educate and bring awareness about where food comes from. The goal is that our kids learn the importance of consuming foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy to get the right vitamins our body needs,” commented teacher and Fuel Up To Play 60 Program Advisor Kristina Palacios. Funding will also go toward various sports and activity equipment for use on the field and playground, as well as updating the school’s blacktop area with painted obstacles for students to hop, skip and jump their way through recess.
To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 and how your school may have the opportunity to be awarded up to $4000 for nutrition and physical activity plans, receive visits from Arizona Cardinals players or Big Red and have access to inflatables and field equipment for your very own kick-off event, visit fueluptoplay60.com or email .
Students, staff and parents at Spitalny Elementary took full advantage of the amazing Arizona morning weather by taking part in a Fuel Up To Play 60 sponsored Walk to School Day. Starting at a neighborhood park, participants enjoyed a few surprises along their path to the school including some high energy beats from the high school marching band, a finish line visit from Arizona Cardinals’ Big Red and a few words from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton! The morning festivities continued throughout the day with a dance session including Big Red, followed by a healthy breakfast and outdoor activities. Overall a fun, festive and successful event bringing community together and encouraging health and wellness. Nice work, Spitalny Elementary!