Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN  Eligibility: Students in grades K-12 who reside in Maine are eligible. Employees of National Dairy Council OR Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council/Maine Dairy Promotion Board, NFL Entities (as defined below), their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies or other individuals engaged in the development, production, or distribution of promotion materials and persons who are immediate family or who reside in the same household as persons in the preceding categories are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Contest Period: Contest runs from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.  Winners will be notified following monthly drawings on the first of each month. Prize: Prizes will vary.  Odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries received. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsors in the event that a prize (or part thereof) cannot be awarded, in which case Sponsors will at their sole discretion award a prize (or part thereof) of equal or greater value.  Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Winner understands that he/she must claim a prize award on their tax return that is valued at $600.00 or greater.  How to Enter and Win: Submit your photo along with your name, grade and school by email to catherine@drinkmainemilk.org. Photos should be of you participating in a physical activity or healthy eating. Entrants will have their name put in a monthly drawing.  Indemnification: By entering, participants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless, Dairy Management Inc., Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council, Maine Dairy Promotion Board, University of Maine at Orono or the Orono Black Bears, the NFL Entities (as defined below), NFL Players Association, their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies or other individuals engaged in the development or production, from all claims or damages arising out of participation in both this offer and/or contest and/or acceptance of any prize or offer. Subject to applicable Federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  Winners List: To receive a list of winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council, 333 Cony Road, Augusta, ME 04330. Sponsor: Maine Diary & Nutrition Council/Maine Dairy Promotion Board. The National Football League, its member professional football clubs, NFL Ventures, Inc., NFL Ventures, L.P., NFL Properties LLC, NFL Enterprises LLC and each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, owners, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees (collectively, the “NFL Entities”) will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in this sweepstakes or any prize awarded.  The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this sweepstakes in any way.  © 2017 National Dairy Council®. Fuel Up is a service mark of National Dairy...

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Duron Harmon encourages students to take the time for breakfast and exercise

Duron Harmon encourages students to take the time for breakfast and exercise

Put down the cell phones and take the time to eat breakfast and be active each day, New England Patriots’ free safety Duron Harmon told a crowded auditorium of Westbrook High School students on Thursday, March 30. “Eating breakfast in the morning takes 10, 15 minutes. Exercising takes an hour. All we got to do is put down our cell phones and do it,” he said as the crowd erupted into applause. Harmon was at the school as part of a Fuel Up to Play 60 assembly, celebrating school breakfast and the achievements of Angelica Johns, a freshman at WHS and the state ambassador for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Maine. Funded by dairy farmers across the nation, Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage youth to lead healthier lives and empower them to make a difference within their school’s wellness environment. It has given Johns and fellow WHS student Madison Damon, who was the state ambassador two years ago, the opportunity to travel to regional and national leadership summits and meet like-minded students from across the country. Damon also recently received a $7,500 SAP Bill McDermott College Scholarship thanks to her involvement with Fuel Up to Play 60. This year, Johns championed for a breakfast cart at the school to give students a second chance at grabbing a healthy breakfast in the morning if they did not choose to eat in the cafeteria when they first arrived at the school.   Harmon referenced research that has shown that students are more focused and perform better in school when fueled by a healthy breakfast in the morning, even if it’s “just a banana and yogurt.” “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” he said. “It gives you energy to accomplish the things you want to do, to improve academic performance and test scores.” He also stressed the importance of being active for a minimum of 60 minutes each day, not only to stay in shape but as a way to build confidence and self esteem. “We live in a world that wants to tear everybody down. I love social media; I’m on social media, but if you ever look at the things that are going on in social media and how people are always clowning people, want to just talk down to them, that’s the world we live in,” he said. “You’re going to be in a world, where you have your goals and you have your dreams and not everybody is going to see your vision, and at the same time, they are going to try to tear it down. If you could do something like physical activity that could build your confidence up so that you have the confidence to stand up to them and let them know, ‘You are not going to knock down my dream. You’re not going to tell me I can’t do this. I’m going to do whatever I want to.’”     Harmon said that exercise or physical activity didn’t mean they have to go to the gym to work out each day. It could be as simple as playing a pickup game of basketball with friends, throwing a Frisbee or going for a run or a walk. He added that physical activity is also a stress reliever, and high school students can experience a great deal of stress. By taking the time to eat breakfast, which would allow students to better learn and continue to...

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Maine FUTP60 students receive grants to transform their schools

Maine FUTP60 students receive grants to transform their schools

We are always excited to see how active Maine students are in Fuel Up to Play 60, and it’s fantastic to see Maine schools and students rewarded (beyond improved school wellness) for their involvement, whether through grants, scholarships, prizes, or opportunities to travel and attend leadership events. Recently, two more students were rewarded with grants to transform fitness within their schools. Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors Tyr Ronco of Ridge View Community School in Dexter and Boden Gould of Bath Middle School each received up to $1,000 from the Presidential Youth Fitness Program School Transformation Contest, a national grant competition that rewarded 100 students. Tyr and his peers in the school’s Wellness Program would like to see year-round opportunities for fitness, not just within Ridge View, but for the entire community. The grant money will be used rebuild trails around the school to be used for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter and running and hiking in the warmer months. They also would like to update the small fitness center at the school and introduce lacrosse as a possible after school club. “The grant money will increase the activities that are available to the students and community, help kids get more active, promote healthy life habits, and make our community a better place to live and play in,” Tyr wrote. In his application, Boden said his school had the basic essentials for physical education but that the Fuel Up to Play 60 team and the school’s gym teacher would like to see other options available to students outside the mainstream gym equipment in hopes of making physical activity fun for more students. He requested funds for things like pogo sticks and four way tug of war ropes. He also asked for new goalie equipment for the school’s large floor hockey tournaments. “I would like to have new floor hockey goalie equipment, so our goalies would be much safer while playing this sport,” he wrote. “Students also will not have to worry about being hit by a puck.” Congratulations to both Boden and Tyr and their schools! February...

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2016 Summer Meals Cooler Grant Application

2016 Summer Meals Cooler Grant Application

The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council recognizes the importance of a healthy, nutritious summer meals program to the health of Maine children. Summer meals provide the nutritional bridge between the end of one school year and the beginning of a new school year. The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council is committed to helping schools increase participation in their summer meals programs so students return to school in the fall, healthy and ready to learn. The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council also knows kids will drink more milk if it’s displayed attractively and served icy cold. To help schools do both during the summer and school year, Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council will award up to three, Fuel Up to Play 60 soft-sided insulated coolers and accompanying ice packs to twenty (20) Maine school districts participating in the USDA Summer Meals Program. Each brightly colored, soft-sided, insulated cooler holds one standard milk crate. Interested school nutrition directors are asked to complete the application (link below) and return it to the address below by April 29, 2016. Preference will be given to schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 and school nutrition directors who are signed up as Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors. To see whether your school is enrolled and to sign up as a Program Advisor, visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact: Katie Hoffmann Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council 333 Cony Road Augusta, ME 04330 Catherine@drinkmainemilk.org 207-287-3621 207-287-7161(fax) 2016 Summer Meals Cooler Grant...

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Join the Fuel Up to Play 60 team!

Join the Fuel Up to Play 60 team!

Looking for ways to make eating right and getting physically active more fun for your students? Fuel Up to Play 60 has you covered, and it’s also a great way for students to develop leadership skills. Students who are active can rack up points and are then eligible to become a student ambassador! How to get started :  Guide to Student Registration How to earn points and achieve new levels: Guide to Earn Collect Achieve As always, for more information, visit...

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Dairy farmers support healthy eating and physical activity in schools

Dairy farmers support healthy eating and physical activity in schools

Eating a well-balanced diet and being active for a minimum of 60 minutes a day are the corner stones for Fuel Up to Play 60.  Maine’s dairy farmers, as well as dairy farmers around the country who pay into the national Dairy Checkoff program, fund Fuel Up to Play 60 — a cooperative effort between the National Dairy Council and the NFL to promote lifelong healthy habits. Maine dairy farmers presented big checks (literally) to four schools on behalf of Maine Fuel Up to Play 60 this fall. The checks were the result of a  grant awarded to each school for its healthy eating and physical activity initiatives.  Grant funds are available each spring and fall to active FUTP60 schools and are administered by the Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council. The schools must show how the grant will be used to promote both healthy eating and physical activity, and the ideas are generated by the students. Jenni Tilton-Flood of Flood Brothers Farm presented a $1,400 check to Pittston Consolidated School that will allow the school to purchase equipment for a Food Corps volunteer to teach lessons about healthy cooking and eating and to do taste tests in the classrooms. A portion of the grant will also be used to purchase equipment so the same volunteer can lead physical activity breaks in classrooms. Read more at http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/10/01/pittston-students-earn-money-for-better-health/ In Aroostook County, both Van Buren Secondary School and Woodland School received grants. Van Buren will use the funds to purchase a small refrigerator to store perishable items like milk, yogurt and cheese as a part of its monthly food distribution. Their physical activity component will be to purchase an XBox Kinect and the game Just Dance for its physical education classes. Retired dairy farmer Leroy Crane presented the $2,250 check. Tom Drew’s H.B. Farms is just up the hill from Woodland School, where they earned a $1,500 grant. Woodland will purchase a smoothie machine and fruit and vegetable slicer to offer smoothies for breakfast and mid-morning snack. They will also purchase pedometers to track students’ progress as they strive toward their goal of 100 miles. Remaining funds will be used to buy incentives and awards to encourage those students in reaching their goal. “It’s nice to be part of something positive,” Tom said following the check presentation. “It’s nice to see our dollars going to something connected to the community. After all, that’s the bridge that carries us into the future.” Sabattus dairy farmer Peter Waterman presented a Oak Hill Middle School has purchased a “make-your-own” sandwich bar with its grant and will also purchase baskets and discs to create a disc golf course on the school grounds to engage more students in physical activity. Principal Marco Aliberti said the school has already seen an increase in the number of students participating in hot lunch with the addition of the sandwich bar, growing from about 150 to 160 students per day to almost 200. “It helps to add a healthy component and gives them healthier options,” he said. Peter’s farm with about 125 milk cows is just a short distance from the middle school. He said dairy farmers support Fuel Up to Play 60 “because it promotes two things – healthy eating and physical activity, and we think that is a win-win situation.”...

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