Are You In?
We know healthy students are better students and simple solutions can have a big impact. This school year, join Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association as we work to increase access to good nutrition and physical activity in schools through Fuel Up to Play 60. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest health and wellness program created by the National Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with USDA, and inspires students to take charge in making everyday healthy changes at school. With research showing that increased physical activity and access to good nutrition can lead to improved academic
performance, Fuel Up to Play 60 plays a critical role in our schools. So, are you in to help kids lead healthier, more active lives? Show us!
The Learning Connection
Nutrient-rich foods and physical activity are not only good for child health, but also learning. Research shows that regular access to better nutrition, starting with breakfast, along with increased opportunities for physical activity may help students reach their potential throughout the school year. Finding a balance between academic rigor and health and wellness efforts in the school environment has become an increasing priority. The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments, reinforces the “learning connection” — the crucial link between quality nutrition, physical activity and academic performance. Findings suggest:
- More than half (62%) of all teens say they do not eat breakfast every day of the week.
- Breakfast eaters have better attention and memory than breakfast skippers.
- Three-in-four high school students aren’t active for the recommended 60 minutes each day.
- Students who were more active during school performed better on standardized tests for reading, math and spelling.
- Executive Summary
- Report Brief for School Administrators
- Report Brief for Parents
- Report Brief for Students