Northern Michigan schools prepare for a healthy year

"Rally for School Health" event aims to motivate students to eat healthier and increase physical activity.

September 29, 2017 - Author: Patricia J. Roth, and Caitlin Lorenc, Michigan State University Extension.

Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to take charge of their health and to serve as leaders and role models for their peers, school staff, and throughout their community. Through these school partnerships, Michigan State University Extension staff assist with recruiting, coaching and providing resources to schools and their student teams on their healthy eating and physical activity goals as they meet throughout the school year.

Healthier eating and increased physical activity are the main goals for schools who participate in Fuel Up to Play 60. Several schools in Northern Michigan, including Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Blair Elementary and Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools Elementary School, are hoping to do just that. Through a Fuel Up to Play 60 application process, Frankfort and Blair Elementary along with 30 other schools were selected to attend a Rally for School Health event that is being held later this year at Ford Field in Detroit.

During the all-day event, students will participate in on-field training exercises with Detroit Lions players, coaches, and trainers. They will munch and deliberate over a taste-test lunch and listen to and engage with motivational speakers. Learn how to fuel their bodies and ask questions of Detroit Lions players during a “press conference.” Both schools will bring their Fuel Up to Play 60 teams, which consists of six students, teachers, parents, and food service staff.

The purpose of the Rally for School Health event is to motivate Fuel Up to Play 60 teams to kick-start their healthy school year. Blair Elementary and Frankfort Elementary have also submitted grants to increase physical activity and healthy eating options by making additions and alterations to the school playground and school cafeteria space.

Through participation in Fuel Up to Play 60, 13 million students are eating healthier and 16 million students are being more active.

For more information about how you, your family and your school can benefit from MSU Extension programming, contact your local MSU Extension county office.

Tags: food & health, msu extension, nutrition, physical activity

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