Maine schools are invited to participate in Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60), a wellness program with numerous benefits including empowering students, with the support of adults, to take the lead in making healthy changes and to have a positive impact in their communities. The next application deadline is Nov. 4.
To apply for funds for Fuel Up to Play 60, schools select one healthy eating and one physical activity play to implement. Schools that achieve 6-Steps over the school year receive touchdown recognition at the end of the year. Rewards for active schools and students include NFL player visits, prize packs, school nutrition and physical activity equipment, recognition events and banners.
Maine had seven touchdown schools last year: Pittston Consolidated School, Ridge View Community School in Dexter, Westbrook Middle School, Morse High School in Bath, Hichborn Middle School in Howland, Belgrade Central School and Van Buren Secondary School.
The Maine DOE has had a long-standing relationship with the Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council working together to help improve the health of Maine’s youth and their learning environments. In 2011, the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined forces to create Fuel Up To Play 60.
The key to Fuel Up to Play 60’s success is having a strong student foundation, a team of committed educators and community engagement.