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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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Success Starts with Fuel Up to Play 60

Success Starts with Fuel Up to Play 60

Great things happen with Fuel Up to Play 60. And once the momentum starts, it builds! The result: empowered youth who eat healthier, move more, and inspire their school and community to do the same. See more here : FUTP60...

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Meat Alternate and Fruit- Meal Component Smoothies

Smoothies with names like Banana Split, Orangeroo, Tropical Delight, Apple of Your Eye, Strawberry Peach and Yo Yo Yum will surely be a hit with your students. Smoothie Recipes_HACCP

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School Breakfast Recipes

School Breakfast Recipes

Peaches ‘n’ Cream Waffle Dunkers, Blueberry Delight, Fiesta Breakfast Swirls  … delicious recipes from the National Dairy Council that will make students excited about school breakfast! Foodservice Recipe – Blueberry Delight with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Breakfast Basket with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Double Cheese-Fiesta Swirl with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Fruity Flatbread, Sunny Start with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Mega Cheese Muffin with HACCP Foodservice Recipe – Peaches Waffle Dunkers with HACCP...

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Matthew Mulligan says breakfast is “instrumental”

Matthew Mulligan says breakfast is “instrumental”

Matthew Mulligan didn’t fully appreciate the power of breakfast as a kid growing up in eastern Maine. “I didn’t realize the benefits it truly offered,” he said. “Now, if I don’t have breakfast, I might as well scrap the whole day.” The New England Patriots tight end puts his 6’4” 267-pound body through some grueling workouts and expects it to be at its best on the playing field. He requires a good breakfast to keep it going. “You can’t drive a car without fuel, so why would you operate your body without fuel?” he asked the students at Leonard Middle School in Old Town on Friday, March 7. Mulligan’s visit was part of an assembly celebrating wellness, in particular eating school breakfast. March 3-7 was National School Breakfast Week and the start of the “It Starts With School Breakfast” campaign from Fuel Up to Play 60 and supported by Share Our Strength (No Kid Hungry) and Dean Foods.  Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school wellness program and creates real transformational change in more than 73,000 schools. It was created in partnership by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council and is funded by America’s dairy farmers. “Eating breakfast is instrumental for you to perform at your highest level,” Mulligan added. “It’s amazing that there are so many nutrients out of something so small – just a bowl of cereal with some milk and fruit.” He told the students that while he would love to have a breakfast of doughnuts, “like six of them,” they would not serve his body. His favorite breakfast is a Greek omelet with spinach, feta cheese and olives. Research shows a connection between nutrition and eating breakfast along with being physical active and students’ performance in school. When school breakfast is available to all students, test scores go up, and school absences and behavioral problems decrease. Yet, one study showed that as many as 60 percent of students don’t eat breakfast each day. Whether because of habit, lack of time, or lack of food at home, kids are going to school hungry. Mulligan said the entire Patriots team knows the value of breakfast from “Coach Belichick on down to the last guy on the roster. They are all eating breakfast because they know how important it is. You’re not going to be able to be at your best without fueling your body.” His former University of Maine coach Jack Cosgrove also knows how important breakfast is. Cosgrove spoke during the middle school assembly, highlighting the three P’s – Prepare, Presentation and Performance. “Breakfast prepares your body for the day,” he said, adding that he makes breakfast mandatory for all his players. “[Your brain] doesn’t function well without the right fuel.” Presentation means showing up with a good attitude, being confident and listening with your eyes and your ears. “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” He said preparation and presentation lead to a winning performance. If you don’t perform your best, goals will not be attained. “You will be able to achieve your goals if you pursue them,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to have an adventure,” Cosgrove told the students. Learn more about the school breakfast movement at...

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