Posts Tagged ‘Fuel Up to Play 60; FUTP60’
This is a guest post written by Nicole Osmundon, RN, BSN. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University and practiced critical care and emergency nursing before leaving the hospital setting. She is a certified group fitness instructor and is actively involved in her children’s school by serving as PTO President, leading the Girls on the Run program, serving as a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor and School Wellness Council Advisor. To learn more about Nicole, check out her full bio here.
My name is Nicole Osmundson, and I am a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor for Robert Frost Elementary School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. My daughter Katie is a National Student Ambassador at her school, and we’ve been working as a team to implement healthy changes that benefit the students and staff.
Fuel Up to Play 60, the in-school wellness program created through a partnership between the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League, presents dietitians with an opportunity to join the movement to end childhood obesity. In an effort to showcase this opportunity, NDC and local dairy councils are reaching out to nutrition professionals to educate them about the program.
Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Dallas Cowboys football legend, recently served as my co-speaker at the annual meeting for the Texas Dietetic Association (TDA). The presentation placed special focus on the activation of sustainable changes in schools to improve the availability and appeal of nutrient-dense foods and opportunities for physical activity. Funding opportunities, usage and deadlines along with specific examples of success stories were highlighted along with a call for registered dietitians to get involved with their local schools and communities to implement and engage the program by becoming a program advisor or supporter or by supporting a program advisor.
Last week, The Washington Post, Fuel Up to Play 60 and Gen YOUth Foundation hosted “Weighing In on America’s Future: Childhood Obesity Summit” as part of Washington Post Live and drew an in-person audience of 160 key leaders and influencers as well as more than 2,500 people online to engage, discuss and mobilize around the issue of childhood obesity.
I am a proud member of Alabama’s Action for Healthy Kids (ALAFHK). This nonprofit volunteer group fights childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with local schools to improve nutrition and physical activity. With our help, Alabama students learn to eat right and be active every day—two key components to help them be prepared to learn. Recently, my co-worker, Jana Harland, RD, and I exhibited Fuel Up to Play 60 at the ALAFHK Summit held on the campus of Alabama State University. Health professionals found out how to get involved and what resources are available through lectures and exhibits. Here are the most popular resources our team developed.
It’s only mid-March and what a year 2011 is shaping up to be for improving child nutrition. On the heels of several major milestones in 2010—the launch of Let’s Move!, a proposed overhaul of in-school nutrition regulations, the passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines to name a few—the time is right for all of us to work together to ensure the future health of America.
We were excited to be included in yesterday’s issue of National Journal that highlights today’s childhood obesity summit with The Washington Post. The piece focuses on our work with Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Gen YOUth Foundation. Click here to read more and we hope you were able to check out the live stream of “Weighing America’s Future: Childhood Obesity Summit” today!
Thanks to everyone who attended our 2010 Dietary Guidelines webinar this week! More than 1,000 health and nutrition professionals joined National Dairy Council (NDC) for “2010 Dietary Guidelines: A Discussion for Health and Nutrition Professionals.” An expert panel provided health and nutrition professionals with a better understanding of the 2010 Guidelines and useful tips on how they can implement the new recommendations with their patients and clients. I hosted the event on behalf of NDC and was joined by NDC President Jean Ragalie, RD, and Greg Miller, PhD, MACN, NDC executive vice president for research, regulatory and scientific affairs and president of the Dairy Research Institute. We were also joined by Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA, associate clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. If you missed it, you can listen to the audio from the webinar here and review CPE information here. Remember, we are offering 1.5 CPE credits from the American Dietetic Association for viewing this webinar live or online.
Next week, National Dairy Council’s own Fuel Up to Play 60 and Gen YOUth Foundation is excited to partner with Washington Post Live for “Weighing in on America’s Future: Childhood Obesity Summit.”
Government officials, health and nutrition experts and professional athletes will lead panel discussions around the national health crisis of childhood obesity and focus on solutions to tackling the problem. This summit will focus on solutions and panel discussions will address the role of government and schools in tackling the problem.
The American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) released a study last month, “The State of Family and Nutrition and Physical Activity: Are We Making Progress?”, that examines survey data on how children’s eating habits have changed since 2003 when ADAF originally ran the study. The results back up what many health and nutrition professionals have been saying for a while: children and their parents are ready to make healthier decisions, but they have a long way to go in order to create healthier lifestyles for themselves. The good news is health and nutrition professionals are poised to help families understand what steps they need to take to improve their health.