SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOTV) Getting kids to make healthier choices is the goal of Fuel Up to Play 60. The national initiative is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Dairy Council, and the NFL. Nationwide, 70,000 schools participate in the program, which means they must find ways to get kids to eat healthy and play for 60 minutes a day.
Each school has a Fuel Up to Play 60 team made up of students. They work with school advisors to meet the goals of the program. A team of fifth graders at North Shore Elementary School in South Haven worked together to bring breakfast into the classroom, have students try vegetables to see if they like them, and they’re planning a 5K in the spring.
As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the school is committed to having kids eat healthy and play 60 minutes a day. Some of the ways they do that is to make healthy food fun. They have veggie taste-offs to encourage kids to try new vegetables and see which ones they like best. They also bring in chef salad on a stick. Kids can choose what vegetables, meat, and cheese they want, put it all on a skewer, and dip it into yogurt dressing.