Fuel Up to Play 60 Benefits Youth
Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to eat healthy and move more — and studies suggest that well-nourished, physically active kids can be better students.1
Better nutrition, including eating a healthy breakfast each day, helps students get the nutrients they need and may help improve their academic performance.2 What's more, being physically active may help students improve self-esteem, cognitive function and test scores.3,4
And with Fuel Up to Play 60, healthy students can have more fun! By participating in the program, youth have the opportunity to earn rewards and prizes. Those students who help build the program may benefit even more. In fact, researchers say peer group interaction may help to influence healthy choices,5,6 and student involvement can lead to motivation and engagement in learning.7
Fuel Up to Play 60 Benefits Adults
As an education professional, school adult or parent you work every day to help your students reach their full potential and your school implement its wellness policy. Fuel Up to Play 60 gives you dynamic tools to meet these goals and supports you as you make your school a healthier place.
For Fuel Up to Play 60 to work the best, your school should have at least one Program Advisor — an adult who serves as the program's champion, engages and empowers students as they help implement the program and encourages other adults to get involved. And Program Advisors have opportunities to earn rewards, recognition and funding to make it all happen. Learn more about this important role and how Program Advisors can earn exclusive Perks.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Benefits Schools
Fuel Up to Play 60 can support your school's wellness policy and help you meet national health and physical education standards. At the same time, the program aligns with other healthy school national goals and initiatives — all of which share the goal of reducing childhood obesity.
Helping students prioritize healthy eating and physical activity may help them perform better and contribute to their long-term health. And as an added bonus, Fuel Up to Play 60 can also get teachers and staff eating healthy and moving more. A healthier school benefits everyone!
1 The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments. GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, American College of Sports Medicine and American School Health Association, 2013. Available at: http://www.genyouthfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/The_Wellness_Impact_Report.pdf.
2 The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments. GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, American College of Sports Medicine and American School Health Association, 2013. Available at: http://www.genyouthfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/The_Wellness_Impact_Report.pdf.
3 Active Education: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance. Active Living Research, 2007. Available at: http://www.activelivingresearch.org/files/Active_Ed.pdf.
4 The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance. Centers for Disease Control. 2010. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/pa-pe_paper.pdf.
5 Halli Bourne. Peer Pressure: The influence of the social group on an individual. Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence. (1998). Accessed July 2, 2010: http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/peer-pressure.
6 French, Story, et. al., 2004. "An Environmental Intervention to Promote Lower-Fat Food Choices in Secondary Schools: Outcomes of the TACOS Study." American Journal of Public Health 94 (9). Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1448482/.
7 A Summary of Research on Using Student Voice in School Improvement Planning. 2004. Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Available at: http://maaikerotteveel.pbworks.com/f/UsingStudentVoice+soort+literatuurstudie.pdf.
8The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments. GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, American College of Sports Medicine and American School Health Association, 2013. Available at: http://www.genyouthfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/The_Wellness_Impact_Report.pdf