As students (and teachers) celebrate the beginning of summer vacation, Dairy MAX is honoring the dedicated, hardworking and passionate individuals who encourage those students to eat healthy and stay active: our Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors.
Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) is one of many ways Dairy MAX and local dairy farmers support schools. FUTP60 empowers students to make healthy choices and become leaders for positive change in their schools – all supported by an adult Program Advisor, usually a PE teacher, health teacher or coach at their school.
Recently, we hosted end-of-year Excellence Awards events in Central Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and South Texas to honor and reward the Program Advisors who completed the FUTP60 program with their students during the 2016-2017 school year. There were all kinds of awards for unique and outstanding nutrition and physical activity efforts. Two of this year’s winners focused specifically on educating their students about the dairy industry and dairy farming.
Paul Wieczorek and Jerry Green, from Lewisville Elementary in Lewisville ISD, realized that many of their students didn’t know where the milk in their cafeteria was coming from. They decided to change that. With resources like the Dairy MAX Farm-to-Fridge poster and guidance from their Dairy MAX school wellness consultant, they showed their students the dairy farming process and had students write letters to local dairy farmers, thanking them for their hard work and dedication to providing milk for the school. Talk about the farm-to-school story coming full circle!
Hats off to Lewisville Elementary and all the schools and program advisors who participated in FUTP60 during the 2016-2017 school year, learning more about dairy farming, nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
Interested in getting Fuel Up to Play 60 in your school? Learn more about the program.