Fuel Up to Play 60

By Diane Ruyack

Nicholson Elementary School has been participating in NFL’s and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program all school year.  The students have had challenges built around the Colts’ football season and Indiana basketball’s “March Madness.”  The goal of the FUTP 60 partnership is to encourage children to be physically active and to eat nutritious food, such as dairy products, whole-grains, and fruits and vegetables.

On Monday, May 9, 2011, the students and staff of Nicholson began a new challenge, which was kicked off with an all-school rally.  The new challenge is centered on the Indy 500.  In the month of May, students will try new foods every Wednesday, called a “two bite try.”  If student will just eat two bites of a new food, they will be awarded points toward their goal.  Students have also been weighing the amount of milk that is being thrown away each day.  Less and less milk is being tossed and more is being consumed! Additional challenges include a mini-marathon where students walk or run the track at Nicholson and making a racecar out of fruits and veggies.  At the end of the May challenge prizes will be awarded to those who complete all challenges, with the top prize being a new bicycle.

The rally began in the gym with two of the Nicholson staff speaking about their participation in the Indy 500 mini-marathon.  Heather Lawson, a third grade teacher, and Charlotte Gambrel, media specialist, talked about the festivities in Indianapolis over the weekend.  Heather completed the entire marathon and Charlotte completed the 5K. They showed students the medals they were awarded.  Nicholson is very proud of both!

The students were also treated to fruit smoothies as the rally came to an end.  Students were encouraged to drink their smoothies and then show off their milk mustaches for the camera.

At Klondike Middle School, their Fuel Up to Play 60 finale will be held outside.  During a walk-a-thon students will be able to participate in many ACTIVE games set up in the infield of our football field such as football and soccer ball kick contest, badminton, corn hole and ladder ball games, hula hoop and jumping rope contest.  Healthy snacks such as milk, apples and peanuts will be given to students during the afternoon.  Prizes will also be given out. Our committee felt that eating healthy and getting 60 minutes of exercise a day fit in nicely with the American Cancer Relay for  Life event to “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back” message so Fuel Up to Play 60 can fit into all types of programs and events.

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