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Healthy Life is a Great Way to Live

Judy Abbey,   Floyd C Fretz Ms
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement,  Physical Activity Participation
Healthy Life is a Great Way to Live

The fresh-pressed cider was barely poured into the cups before several students at Floyd C. Fretz Middle School in Bradford, Pennsylvania, anxiously grabbed them and slurped down the sweet, healthy juice in one gulp. This was just one of the wonderful opportunities students had at the annual Kickoff for Fuel Up to Play 60. At the apple press station, students were shown how to operate the antique press to create a drink as traditional as apple pie, but without the sugar. Students from sixth to eighth grade were divided in small groups and had the time to visit many of the 10 stations. The stations were operated by teachers from all curriculums as well as community volunteers. One of the stations was staffed by the Bradford Family YMCA. In addition to the apple press station, the students learned how to blend tasty smoothies, create healthy snacks, play games for nutritional information, toss the football, and walk up to a mile outside. A computer station was set up to allow the students to sign up for Fuel Up to Play 60 online. There was also a jersey competition that awarded nutritious snacks to the homerooms with the most jerseys. During the students' lunch period they were treated to a tailgate-style lunch that had healthy food and drinks. The entire day was to promote health and the spirit of youth. It is a great way to get students to be more aware and be more responsible for their own health and make healthy choices. It was the beginning of many wonderful and successful activities that will involve Fuel Up to Play 60 at Fretz Middle School.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Students had the opportunity to try new snacks and healthy foods that can also be eaten during the lunch period. School is now offering yogurt at breakfast and lunch.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Goals accomplished by having students think out of their comfort zone and try new snacks and drinks.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students are more aware of healthy snacks and food in the cafeteria and are making those choices to eat during lunch. Cafeteria only carries healthy food and snacks.