Fuel Up To Play 60 program

By: Melina Matthes

Monday Governor Heineman highlighted a national program designed to combat childhood
obesity.  It's an in-school program launched by the National Dairy Council, the NFL and the U.S. Department of AG. It's called the “Fuel Up To Play 60” program…and it aims to raise awareness of healthy choices as well as empower students to choose nutrient-rich foods and be physically active for at least an hour a day.

The event featured a “toast” to health with a glass of milk…and a signed pledge to stick to the program.

“I really didn't think much about my health, I thought about just my friends and having a good time and not really paying attention to what I've ate,” Jordan Turnwall of Valparaiso said.

Many school age children ignore a lot of the healthy foods just like Jordan. Hannah McCoy also didn't think about what she was eating…but she had a change of heart.

“I know what's going into my body now and I know I want it to be healthy and I have to get 60 minutes of activity everyday,” McCoy said.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month…and one third of our children ages 10 to 17 are considered overweight or obese…another reason why Fuel Up To Play 60 is so important.

“Kids who eat a variety of healthy foods and are physically active everyday will do better in the classroom.”

Schools that participate in Fuel Up To Play 60 can apply for funding for things such as taste testing healthy foods to add to the lunchroom menus and for the purchase of physical activity equipment.

So far, 981 Nebraska schools have signed up…and your school is more than welcome to join in the fun.  For more information log onto http://www.fueluptoplay60.com/