This Week we Celebrate Healthy Eating & Nutrition Volunteerism!
In cooperation with the New England Dairy Council and their Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program
How do healthy eating and nutrition volunteers make an impact?
- Encourage students to make healthy changes for themselves and their classmates
- Motivates and creates excitement for Fuel Up to Play 60 to implement and sustain the program
- Builds self-esteem
- Inspires creativity to implement new healthy eating and wellness programs
- Helps develop positive life-long behaviors
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" - Cheryl Philipps
Cheryl Philipps, Volunteer,
Cheryl Philipps is a nutrition student at Framingham State University. She initially started working with the school nutrition director at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School as part of a class. However, after hearing about the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program, Cheryl decided she wanted to volunteer at the school beyond the scope of her assignment. She helped to coordinate meetings with the nutrition director, a health and physical education teacher, as well as school administration to discuss the school's wellness needs. Through her enthusiasm and commitment to student health, Cheryl played a critical role in helping the school apply for Fuel Up to PLAY 60 funding. To date, the school has received $6,000 with the help of Cheryl. They have purchased a new cooler to offer healthy foods to students like yogurt parfaits and fresh salads. They have also bought new physical activity equipment that can be used before and after school and have plans to open up a new breakfast café so that students have more opportunities to enjoy a healthy breakfast. She goes beyond what was expected of her and truly makes a difference.
What healthy eating and nutrition volunteer opportunities can I pursue?
What FUTP 60 volunteer opportunities can I pursue?
Opportunities to get involved locally with Fuel Up to PLAY 60 are limitless. Parents, community members, schools and health professionals are encouraged to identify different ways to implement the program and share their expertise – be creative!
- For Students: Be a Student Leader/Ambassador
Fuel Up to PLAY 60 gives youth a voice by bringing together youth leaders so they can inspire healthy change for themselves, their schools and their communities. Developing a larger role for youth adds further credibility to Fuel Up to PLAY 60 and continues to ensure authentic implementation of the “for youth, with youth” messaging on a national level. Student Ambassadors also help give a face to the program, and provide valuable success stories at the local and national level
- For Adults in the School Building: Become a Fuel Up to PLAY 60 Advisor
Help their schools activate the program and earn rewards. They engage and empower students to implement Fuel Up to PLAY 60 and encourage other adults to get involved. The Advisor is critical not only in successful implementation but sustainability of the program. Schools can have more than one!
- For Parents and Community Members: Be a Change Agent
Parents and concerned community members can find out about your local school district's wellness policies and practices. Contact school leaders and offer to help implement changes and serve on school wellness committees and boards. Offer to help out with local health fairs.
The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with the New England Dairy Council and the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program for "Healthy Eating & Nutrition Volunteerism Week"
Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. Parents, community members, schools and health professionals play a critical role in the fight against obesity. The time is NOW to teach children how to live healthy, long lives through good nutrition and daily physical activity.
Committed to making a difference in the health of today's children, parents, community members, schools and health professionals can join the movement to end childhood obesity by getting involved with Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and to achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.