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Do You Know What Month It Is?!

Poll: National Nutrition Month
It’s National Nutrition Month and Fuel Up to Play 60 wants to make sure all kids kick off their day with a nutritious breakfast!

Did you know that fueling up in the morning with a well- rounded breakfast will help you focus better in class and give you the energy you need for your 60 minutes of activity?

Visit FuelUpToPlay60 to learn how you can fuel greatness every day!

Offsides Dishes

When you're watching your favorite NFL team on a cold day, there's no better way to keep warm than by drinking a nice hot beverage. But which warm drinks get the penalty for being loaded with caffeine?

A. Hot Cocoa
B. Tea
C. Apple Cider

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Offsides Dishes

Can you guess which game day snack gets the penalty for being loaded with the most calories?
A: Popcorn
B: Brownies
C: A nice juicy watermelon
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Offsides Dishes

Poll: Offsides Dishes
Can you guess which game day snack gets the penalty for being loaded with the most calories?
A: Pizza 
B: Guacamole
C: Mixed nuts
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Sugar's Not So Sweet

Did you know that a diet with lots of sugar in it as has a number of adverse health effects. So, in addition to getting out to PLAY 60, you should really lay off the sweet stuff.

Sugar Makes You Sick
Sugar weakens you immune system. And nobody wants a weakened immune system.

Sugar Harms Your Teeth
Sugar leads to tooth decay. So, unless you enjoy trips to the dentist you should eat healthier.

Sugar Scrambles Your Brain
Sugar can effect your ability to think clearly. There's no confusion about it -- eat less sugar!
5 Ways to Cut Your Sugar Intake

1. Be Wary of Flavored Yogurts
Some single-serving containers of yogurt contain more sugar than a 12-ounce can of soda. All yogurts have some naturally-occurring sugar from lactose, but if your yogurt contains more than 12 grams of sugar, you can bet added sugars are to blame.

2. Choose Sugar-Free Beverages
We often don't think about the amount of calories and sugar in beverages because they're not solid "foods." However, according to recent research, beverages contribute about one-third of our daily calories from added sugars.

3. Pick Lower-Sugar Desserts
If you're going to eat dessert, opt for fruit or a sugar-free option, such as sugar-free jello or pudding.

4. A Sweet Trick
Reach for a piece of sugarless chewing gum. A piece of sugarless gum usually has about five calories and doesn't promote tooth decay. In fact, it's been shown to improve oral health and reduces the risk of dental cavities. That's cool!

5. Choose Low-Sugar Cereals
A lot of cereals had tons of added sugar, even granola -- yes granola! You're better off making oatmeal to get all the fiber without the added sugar.

Do you know other cool ways to cut down on sugar? Post a comment and share it with the rest of us.

PLAY 60: Huddle Up!

Poll. What is your favorite veggie?

Do you love fresh veggies?

 

Check out the Huddle to see how Student Ambassador Bobby S. is taking the lead by planting a community garden.

 

Find more cool stuff like this at PLAY 60!

 

Fuel Up and Stay Cool with This Tasty Snack

Need a cool snack? Use a blender to blend your favorite fruits with some low-fat, or fat free yogurt. Pour it in to small paper cups or popsicle molds. Add a popsicle stick and freeze for at least 8 hours to make a delicious popsicle to help cool you down in the summer heat!   Click here for more ways to get fit from Fuel Up to PLAY 60.

Need a cool snack? Use a blender to blend your favorite fruits with some low-fat, or fat free yogurt. Pour it in to small paper cups or popsicle molds. Add a popsicle stick and freeze for at least 8 hours to make a delicious popsicle to help cool you down in the summer heat!

 

Click here for more ways to get fit from Fuel Up to PLAY 60.

Fuel Up During National Dairy Month!

It’s National Dairy Month, so don’t forget your 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy each day!

It’s National Dairy Month, so don’t forget your 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy each day!

Fuel Up to Play 60 Great Tip

Did you know that June is Veggies and Fruits Month? This month, Fuel up on fruits and veggies for a delicious AND nutritious snack!

Did you know that June is Veggies and Fruits Month? This month, Fuel up on fruits and veggies for a delicious AND nutritious snack!

RG3 Made of Meat

Poll. If you were sculpted in meat, which meat would you want them to use?

At one time or another we have all asked ourselves the same question:  What would Robert Griffin III look like if he was made of chicken?

 

Well, wonder no more becuase here he is made of than 300 pieces of Subway chicken.  The three-foot tall statue  was part of an event to honor it's newest endorser.  You may remember Ndamukong Suh's staute of meat from last year (click here to take a look).

The Finalists Are Set!

Go check out the national finalists in the Physical Activity Skit Challenge at www.fueluptoplay60.com and vote for your favorite!

Go check out the national finalists in the Physical Activity Skit Challenge at www.fueluptoplay60.com and vote for your favorite!

A Snack-tacular Tip From Fuel Up To PLAY 60

A piece of fruit is the perfect pre-dinner snack that won’t ruin your appetite.   What's your favorite fruit to snack on? Leave a comment and be heard!

A piece of fruit is the perfect pre-dinner snack that won’t ruin your appetite.

 

What's your favorite fruit to snack on? Leave a comment and be heard!

A Complete Tip From Fuel Up To PLAY 60

Being sure to get the recommended 3 servings of dairy foods daily is a great way to make sure you stay strong for all your favorite physical activities!   What are your favorite 3 dairy foods? Leave a comment and let us know!

Being sure to get the recommended 3 servings of dairy foods daily is a great way to make sure you stay strong for all your favorite physical activities!

 

What are your favorite 3 dairy foods? Leave a comment and let us know!

A Berry Healthy Tip From Fuel Up To PLAY 60

Poll. What's the best thing to put berries on?
  1. Add berries and granola to low-fat or fat free yogurt for a delicious snack!
 

Today's a Day To Celebrate!

Today is World Health Day! And the day to make sure you are ‘fueled up’ by being sure to get the recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and protein in today! 

Today is World Health Day! And the day to make sure you are ‘fueled up’ by being sure to get the recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and protein in today! 

Fuel Up To Play 60 Tip of the Day

Poll. Are you a fan of string cheese?

Need a healthy post-school snack? Low-fat or fat free string cheese is a great option!

 

Fuel Up To Play 60 Tip of the Day

Poll. What's your favorite post workout drink?

A glass of low-fat or fat free milk isn’t just a part of a healthy diet, it’s also a great post workout drink!

 

Fuel Up To Play 60 Tip of the Day

Poll. Do you drink a glass of milk everyday?

A glass of low-fat or fat free milk isn’t just a part of a healthy diet, it’s also a great post workout drink!

 

Healthy Hearts 4 Kids

By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDNEven kids benefit by including heart healthy foods in their diets. There are lots of choices when it comes to eating. Choose to eat nutritious foods that will provide energy and protect the heart. What are the best heart healthy foods?Vegetables – choose a variety and eat 4 to 5 servings a day. Some popular vegetables are green beans, broccoli, carrots, and spinach. Eat one large serving a day for extra vitamins.Fruit – eat 4 to 5 servings a day. Choose to

By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN

Even kids benefit by including heart healthy foods in their diets. There are lots of choices when it comes to eating. Choose to eat nutritious foods that will provide energy and protect the heart. What are the best heart healthy foods?

Vegetables – choose a variety and eat 4 to 5 servings a day. Some popular vegetables are green beans, broccoli, carrots, and spinach. Eat one large serving a day for extra vitamins.

Fruit – eat 4 to 5 servings a day. Choose to eat a variety of fruit with different colors—blueberries, oranges, strawberries and kiwi. Eat a different color of fruit at each meal and snack.

Whole Grains – eat at least 3 servings a day. Whole grains add fiber and B vitamins. Eat whole grain breads and bagels. Try brown rice and whole wheat pasta for dinner tonight!

Fish and Seafood – eat 2 servings a week. This does not include fish sticks. Try some salmon, tilapia, or haddock for a heart healthy protein option.

Dairy Foods – Drink or eat 3 servings a day. The calcium and vitamin D is not only important for growing kids, they keep your bones strong. Drink one glass of fat free milk or eat low fat yogurt at meals.

Nuts and Seeds – Eat 4 servings a week. Nuts and sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats and vitamins. Limit the portion of peanuts, almonds and sunflower seeds since they are high in calories but include them weekly since they contain healthy fats.

Go to www.choosemyplate.gov for more information on healthy eating and nutritious food choices.

Fall for Apples

Poll. What is your favorite type of apple?

Red, green, and yellow apples are picked and ready for eating this fall.  Apples are fiber and nutrient rich.  Go to the grocery store and pick your favorite apple for eating today.  Carry an apple for lunch or a snack after school.  Here are some of the reasons to Fall for Apples now...


- Fiber:  An apple has two types of fiber.  One type of fiber helps digestion and the other type helps the heart stay healthy.

Antioxidants:  An apple contains antioxidants which protect the body from getting sick

- Lots of energy:  An apples is rich in carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates provide fuel for the muscles and the brain.

- Low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium:  An apple is naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.  It is a healthy snack choice.

 

Remember to wash an apple before eating.  They spray apples with a wax to keep them crisp and moist.  It is the same type of wax that they use on chocolate candies to keep them fresh and edible.  It washes off easily.  Fall for Apples and enjoy every nutritious bite today!

 

By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN

Snacks for Your Backpack

Poll. Which healthy snack is your favorite?

Carry snacks to school or practice to stay fueled for exercise and sports. Snacks will give muscles energy for long or intense workouts.Check out the nutritious and delicious snacks below and choose a snack that your favorite football player eats.

 

- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich + Skim Milk
- 6” Turkey Sub + Low Fat Chocolate Milk
- Fig Bars + Low Fat Chocolate Milk
- Low Fat Granola Bar + Skim Milk
- Low Fat Yogurt + Apple
- Low Fat Milkshake
- Sports Nutrition Bar + Skim Milk
- Whole Wheat Crackers + String Cheese + Orange

 

Add an ice pack or frozen bottle of water to keep the turkey sandwiches and milk cold. Purchase the ready to drink milk if an ice pack or frozen water bottle is not an option.

 

By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN

What U Need 2 Know About H-2-0

Play it safe at Two-A-Day practices by packing a cooler with water bottles and fresh fruit.   Freeze a water bottle and keep it in a cooler to keep the food and fruit cool! 1. The body is about 60 percent water. 2. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated—drink up! 3. Active boys need to drink about 2 to 3 liters of water a day. This is a minimum of 64 ounces a day. 4. Active girls need to drink about 1 to 2 liters of water a day. This is a minimum of 32 ounces a day. 5.

Play it safe at Two-A-Day practices by packing a cooler with water bottles and fresh fruit.

 

Freeze a water bottle and keep it in a cooler to keep the food and fruit cool!

  1. 1. The body is about 60 percent water.
  2. 2. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated—drink up!
  3. 3. Active boys need to drink about 2 to 3 liters of water a day. This is a minimum of 64 ounces a day.
  4. 4. Active girls need to drink about 1 to 2 liters of water a day. This is a minimum of 32 ounces a day.
  5. 5. During practices, sip on 6 to 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes.
  6. 6. Sweating is the way a body cools itself. It is important to sweat to stay cool.
  7. 7. Wear a shirt that wicks to absorb the sweat. If sweat rolls off the body it does not cool it.
  8. 8. Fruit that contain a high percentage of water are watermelon, oranges, and peaches.
  9. 9. Vegetables that have a lot of water are lettuce, cucumbers, and celery.
  10. 10. Add more fluids by eating fruit and vegetables that contain water.

By Sue A. James

Summer Slurpin'

During the summer months it is important to drink extra water and fluids to prevent dehydration. The heat is on. Sip and slurp through the day to stay hydrated. Muscles and cells need water to stay healthy. The body is about 60% water. Dehydration can contribute to heat stroke or other heat related problems. During the summer months it is important to drink extra water and fluids to prevent dehydration. Kids and adults need to pay attention to fluids especially in the summer. Hydrate fir
During the summer months it is important to drink extra water and fluids to prevent dehydration. The heat is on. Sip and slurp through the day to stay hydrated. Muscles and cells need water to stay healthy. The body is about 60% water. Dehydration can contribute to heat stroke or other heat related problems. During the summer months it is important to drink extra water and fluids to prevent dehydration. Kids and adults need to pay attention to fluids especially in the summer.

Hydrate first with water and drink other fluids during the day. Some of these fluids include milk, chocolate milk, 100% orange juice and a sports drink. Drink morning, noon, and night to keep fluids in your body. Staying out in the hot sun increases the need for water. Drink water every 15 minutes when playing at a park or swimming in a pool.

If it is boring to drink water all the time, here are some foods to eat that are filled with water. Watermelon, oranges, or fruit cups contain extra water and are a great choice for a summer fruit. Snack choices that contain extra fluid are popsicles, Italian ice, and jello. Sip and slurp this summer to stay hydrated.

By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN

Refuel for School

"Here is a fueling checklist for the morning:" By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN The football season is over but school and playing with friends make it important to fuel smartly in the morning. Eating breakfast will give the body fuel for the school day. Here is a fueling checklist for the morning: Milk and Dairy- drink milk or eat yogurt every morning. Another dairy option is to eat a slice of cheese on toast or a bagel. The calcium and vitamin D build strong bones. Fruit âï&ique
"Here is a fueling checklist for the morning:" By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN

The football season is over but school and playing with friends make it important to fuel smartly in the morning. Eating breakfast will give the body fuel for the school day. Here is a fueling checklist for the morning:

Milk and Dairy- drink milk or eat yogurt every morning. Another dairy option is to eat a slice of cheese on toast or a bagel. The calcium and vitamin D build strong bones.

Fruit � grab a banana, orange, grapes, or grapefruit before school. They are loaded with vitamin C that protects the body from getting sick.

Whole Grains � eat whole grain breads or whole grain cereal in the morning for fiber and B vitamins. The grain group gives energy and brain fuel for schoolwork.

Protein � include a small amount of protein at breakfast. It provides iron and vitamin B 12. These nutrients make muscles strong. Choose from a variety of proteins at breakfast like eggs, egg whites, ham, peanut butter or Canadian bacon.

Water � drink a glass of water before heading to school. Water is the best way to hydrate the body before, during, and after school. Do not forget to drink water throughout the school day.

It is not necessary to take a lot of time to make breakfast since it is important to get to school on time. The breakfast meal can be quick and easy. Cold cereal, smoothies, peanut butter on toast, or a scrambled egg burrito are examples of grab n' go breakfasts. Food and fluids will start the day right!


Throw a Yellow Flag!!

Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDNHalloween has ended and the candy and snacks are everywhere. Be careful to choose foods that are filled with vitamins and minerals and throw a yellow flag on foods that don’t measure up. Foods that get a yellow flag should be eaten only once or twice a month.  They are high in fat and low in iron and protein. Iron and protein help the body grow. Here are some foods that get a yellow flag!!          &nbs

Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN

Halloween has ended and the candy and snacks are everywhere. Be careful to choose foods that are filled with vitamins and minerals and throw a yellow flag on foods that don’t measure up. Foods that get a yellow flag should be eaten only once or twice a month.  They are high in fat and low in iron and protein. Iron and protein help the body grow. Here are some foods that get a yellow flag!!                    

Fuel smart!

Bacon
Buttered Popcorn
Corn Chips
Chocolate Candy Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies
French Fries
Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Fruit Roll Ups and Fruit Snacks
Hot Dogs
Potato Chips
Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
Soda and Juice Drinks