I never forgot what our children’s pediatrician had advised about physical activity. She said, “Other than sleep, kids shouldn’t be inactive longer than one hour at a time.”
Watching television or playing with iPads for extended periods are typical culprits. But doing crafts, playing with blocks, even reading is considered inactivity.
That’s how important exercise and physical activity is for kids.
In addition to exercise, kids also need to eat healthy. The packaged food, the sugar, and eating too much food in general just aren’t cutting it.
Real California Milk and Fuel Up to Play 60 plans to change all that. Along with the NFL and the National Dairy Council, this national campaign wants to improve our children’s activity and nutrition in the places that make a big difference: our schools.
The program encourages parents, students and educators to take part in the campaign and highlight the importance of exercise and nutrition. Through incentives, grants and ‘playbooks,’ students can integrate physical activity and good nutrition into their days at school.
For instance, imagine your child in school, sitting at a desk for long stretches at a time. How awesome would it be if teachers were able to include physical breaks as part of their curriculum?
One of the ‘plays’ in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program is in-class physical activity breaks. The play encourages teachers to take three- to five-minute breaks during class to move. Maybe that’s doing arm circles. Or dancing. Or practicing yoga moves. After all, physical activity works wonders for children’s attention span, among other benefits.
And the ’60’ in Fuel Up to Play 60? That stands for the 60 minutes kids should be active each day—at a minimum. If you’ve wondered just how much activity your kids are getting each day, you can sign up to Fuel Up to Play 60 and use trackers like these to help you:
In addition to getting enough exercise, another concern is the food your child eats. Even though our school cafeteria offers meals for a small fee, I continue to pack my son’s lunches every day. I’m not a fan of packaged food or cookies or other unhealthy food he might consume.
Now imagine students making their own snacks using granola, bananas and raisins. Or students brainstorming ways they can educate fellow classmates about healthy eating. Or forgoing the many birthday cupcakes in favor of healthier goodies like yogurt and fruit.
And if you’re in California like me, your school may even be eligible for up to $4,000 through the Spring Grant Funding Program. The program supports these types of plays to make sure schools support a healthy lifestyle for their students.
As a parent, you can support these activities by signing up to the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. Here you’ll get more information on the initiatives the program implements throughout schools nationwide. They bring healthy curriculum to schools across the nation. And they can do the same at yours as well.
Get involved! You can find more information at their website here: Fuel Up to Play 60
Your turn: Are you satisfied with your school’s standards for physical activity and nutrition? What would you change? How do you keep your kids active and eating well? Let me know in the comments!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Real California Milk.
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