Real California Milk has teamed up with Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60), a campaign created by the NFL and National Dairy Council that promotes physical activity and good nutrition in schools.
Did you know? Real California Milk represents the real foods from real people – dairy foods made with milk from more than 1,400 California dairy families
Here in California, Real California Milk has teamed up with the three NFL teams to encourage California’s youth to consume low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains while achieving at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. My girls love their dairy, and I know as a mom, that they are getting the necessary protein and vitamins when choosing Real California Milk. In fact, dairy is a source of protein, calcium and vitamin D.
Since its launch, Fuel Up to Play 60 has helped to make wellness part of the game plan in nearly 73,000 schools across the country! With students spending approximately 180 days in school each year and with many students receiving both breakfast and lunch at school, school can be a place where healthy habits can be taught and encouraged.
If you think about it, the schools and the FUTP 60 program is a great accompaniment to what parents try to instill in kids at home. At our house, we try to make outdoor activity fun. Maybe through a game of Twister or perhaps a jump on the trampoline.
Here are 10 ways to encourage kids to head outside this summer:
- Create a child-friendly outdoor area that garners creativity and a love for the outside- swings, sandbox, bikes help!
- Help support the love for the outside by giving kids access to a magnifying glass to hunt bugs, or perhaps a trowel to help with the gardening. If they have their own set of tools, they are more prone to use them.
- After a rain, let your kids jump in the puddles.
- Chalk it up on the concrete! Let your little Picasso have free rein over the concrete or house wall.
- Place bird feeders in an outdoor space to observe birds (and even squirrels). Let your kids help feed the birds.
- Create an obstacle course complete with hula hoops, trike race and sand pit jump.
- Toddlers love bubbles! Blow bubbles and have them chase them!
- Go on a “blindfold walk.” Use sound and touch senses, rather than sight. Parents, stay close!
- Let your kids outdoors with a camera. See what they find interesting.
- Go out in the early morning when it’s misty, and search for snails. See how many you can find!
Summer may be here, but learning to be a leader never stops. Encourage your kids to sign up to be a FUTP 60 ambassador, which encourages leadership among peers, healthy nutrition and physical activity. Kids can start learning more about FUTP 60 healthy eating and physical activity plays, earning points before the school year even starts!
Don’t forget, helping kids succeed both in the classroom and throughout their lives starts with being a role model. From homework during school days, to eating healthy, we as parents are who kids look up to for guidance. Look for ways to encourage healthy eating and physical activity all summer long and see the difference once school starts in the fall. At our house, we try to plant a family garden each year that the kids take part in keeping and managing. They plant the seeds and plants, water, and keep the weeds at bay. Then when the harvest is ready, they are the first to want to enjoy the gardens fruits and vegetables! Garden to table!
This is a sponsored post for Real California Milk in support of Fuel Up to Play 60. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.