What is Fuel Up to Play 60?
Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school health and wellness program, created by the National Dairy Council and National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This free program offers funding opportunities for schools and an online Playbook full of school-tested action strategies to improve healthy eating and physical activity at schools and beyond. Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students, with the support of adults, to take the lead in making healthy changes and to have a positive impact in their communities. Over 73,000 schools are involved, and 38 million students have been reached through the program nationwide.
What’s the Playbook?
Developed with the input of students, educators and other experts, the Playbook is a collection of fun and exciting easy-to-do action strategies. These Plays — led by students with help from educators — are designed to increase access to healthy eating and physical activity at schools. The goal? Helping schools make sustainable, healthy changes and meet wellness goals.
Who can get involved in Fuel Up to Play 60?
Fuel Up to Play 60 is open to all K-12 schools in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Any adult or student can join. Educators, school district staff members, parents and community members are all welcome to sign on and make wellness part of the game plan in their schools!
More information about who can get involved is available:
Get Involved – Educators
Get Involved – Students
Get Involved – Parents
Get Involved – Community Members
Why should students join Fuel Up to Play 60?
Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to become leaders in their schools and communities. They gain confidence and lifelong skills through teamwork with their peers and with adults at their schools. Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassadors are top leaders who serve as examples and role models for fellow students and entire communities.
Healthy students are better students! A growing body of evidence indicates that access to better nutrition and physical activity in school is directly associated with higher levels of school achievement. Read more about the Learning Connection here.
Student Ambassador Summit
Eligible students can apply to attend the annual Student Ambassador Summit. This three-day, conference-style event brings together student health and wellness champions from across the nation. Ambassadors participate in leadership, communication and program sessions with Fuel Up to Play 60 staff and special guests, including NFL players.
Why should educators join Fuel Up to Play 60?
There’s so much in it for educators and their schools, and, perhaps most importantly, for their students! Acting as the “team coach,” the Program Advisor supports students as they work to make small, healthy changes that have a big impact. Plus, schools with at least one adult signed up as a Program Advisor are eligible to apply for grants and for special rewards and recognition opportunities for their students and their school. Schools and students benefit even more when more than one adult takes on this important role.
What opportunities are available through Fuel Up to Play 60?
Fuel Up to Play 60 offers a wide variety of opportunities for adults, students and schools both on a national and local level:
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60
Schools can apply for up to $4,000 per year to jump-start healthy school changes. To apply for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60, schools select one Healthy Eating and one Physical Activity Play to implement. There are two application deadlines per school year.
Student Ambassador Summit
Eligible students can apply to attend the annual Student Ambassador Summit. This three-day, conference-style event brings together student wellness champions from across the nation. Ambassadors participate in leadership, communication and program sessions with Fuel Up to Play 60 staff and special guests, including NFL players. Students who attend the Summit go on to lead the program in their states and are often offered opportunities to represent Fuel Up to Play 60 on a national level.
Developed in partnership with GENYOUth, AdVenture Capital (“AdCap”) teaches students 13 and older to think like entrepreneurs to solve health and wellness problems in their schools and communities. GENYOUth is committed to empowering youth and elevating the student voice for a healthier generation.
Students enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 are encouraged to check out this opportunity by logging on and creating accounts at AdCapYOUth.org.
Is Fuel Up to Play 60 offered in any other languages?
Fuel Up to Play 60 will soon be offered in Spanish! Later this fall, click on “en español” on the homepage to access information for students, parents, families and the community. The Playbook is also available in Spanish, and students with registered accounts can also log in to find program activation elements.
What can parents and guardians do to support Fuel Up to Play 60?
Parents and guardians are a great source of support for Fuel Up to Play 60 students, and there are many ways for them to get involved! Parents and guardians can:
- Learn what their children are doing with the program and help them stay active with Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays at school and at home.
- Get to know their Program Advisor(s) and see if there are ways to support them. If their children are interested in Fuel Up to Play 60 but don’t have a Program Advisor, parents and guardians can take on this important role.
- Volunteer at school events and activities to show their enthusiasm and keep their children engaged.
- Work with other parents and guardians to get them involved and excited about the program.
- Help build relationships with community members who may also be able to provide help and resources to students and schools involved in Fuel Up to Play 60.
What can community members do to support Fuel Up to Play 60?
Community members can support Fuel Up to Play 60 in a number of ways. Local, state and regional Dairy Council representatives can put community members in touch with their schools and community leaders. Community members can:
- Support students and educators by becoming Program Advisors.
- Volunteer to support students and educators at Fuel Up to Play 60 events.
- Help students and educators develop and implement healthy eating and physical activity ideas in their schools and communities.
- Provide materials to help students eat healthier and get more active.
- Users can click here to donate money or materials and/or to volunteer time.
How can users tell if their neighborhood schools are involved?
Users can search for participating schools by visiting the Find a School page and entering a zip code to see a list of participating schools.
Is a school missing?
Users can contact the Fuel Up to Play 60 Help Desk to have a school added.
How can individuals make donations to support Fuel Up to Play 60?
In addition to volunteering time or materials, individuals can make financial contributions to Fuel Up to Play 60. Clicking the "Donate" button at the top of the homepage takes users to a site where donations can be processed. Once there, users may donate to the nationwide
Fuel Up to Play 60 program or choose to designate funding to a particular state. Users can find other ways to get involved in the program by clicking here.