Fuel Up to Play 60 Update

By Mary Nicholson

Well, the big game is over, this NFL season is history, but Fuel Up to Play 60 continues to reach more than 850,000 Indiana students on a regular basis.  That means 73% of Indiana students are in schools that participate in Fuel Up to Play 60 at some level.  So what’s been going on?

Brownsburg West Middle School has been quite busy making improvements to their school’s opportunities for physical activity.  Here’s what Program Advisor Cassie Brooks says:

“Students told me that our fitness room was “boring.” One of my goals is for students to feel comfortable using exercise equipment so they will be more likely to use a gym at their apartment complex or college, or join a gym as an adult. Therefore, we brainstormed ways to improve the look of the room.

Four additional staff members have started using the fitness room regularly (which makes about 10 who are using it several times a week). Students are frequently asking if they can use the fitness room during P.E. class. When given the choice, 10-12 students per period prefer the fitness room to other P.E. activities. Students came up with the idea of purchasing and posting a large mural on one of the walls. My Fuel Up to Play 60 club viewed some of the options as a group, and we selected a mural of the Colts at the line of scrimmage. They also found motivational quotes online and we made them into decorative posters.

Our building principal was impressed with the work of the Fuel Up to Play 60 club so he pitched in some extra funds to purchase a new treadmill for student and staff use. It pays to be patient when making purchases. I was able to save quite a bit of money on the mural because I signed up for a mailing list on the company’s website and received a great coupon. I also made the purchase when there was a holiday sale so I ended up saving about 40%.

Our next step is to make framed signs showing how to use muscle strength equipment including medicine balls, hand weights and resistance bands. Students are volunteering to have their “step 1” and “step 2” pictures taken to show proper form for basic exercises.”

As you can see, Cassie is very savvy about getting the most from her resources, and she’s a great example of a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: