Fuel Up to Play 60 Launches New Spanish-Language Resources to Encourage Healthy Lifestyles among Hispanic Youth and Communities Nationwide
PepsiCo Foundation and others have provided GENYOUth more than $750,000 to help implement healthy changes via a Spanish-language version of the nation’s largest in-school wellness program.
PR Newswire – NEW YORK, New York (October 5, 2015)
Today, GENYOUth announced the launch of Fuel Up to Play 60 en español, an evolution of its national flagship program. The program encourages Spanish-speaking communities nationwide to live healthier lifestyles through good nutrition and physical activity. Fuel Up to Play 60 launched a redesigned website (FuelUpToPlay60.com) that provides Spanish-language content and materials, extending the reach and access of the program to students, teachers and families across the country. Several organizations have supported the effort, including the PepsiCo Foundation, which has provided a previously announced grant of $550,000 to develop Spanish-language materials and resources. In addition the PepsiCo Foundation will provide another $100,000 for mini-grants for health and wellness activities and programming within Los Angeles Unified School District and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Fuel Up to Play 60, a program founded by the National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive nutrition and physical activity changes for themselves, their schools and their communities. Studies show that physical fitness may benefit brain health and academic performance, suggesting active kids may do better.i However, only 1 in 3 kids are active every day,ii potentially leaving many at a disadvantage inside and outside of the classroom.
“Hispanic youth and adults are more overweight or obese than Caucasians, and obesity rates for Hispanic youth start at a younger age,” said Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President and CEO National Hispanic Medical Association. “There is a significant need among the Hispanic community for wellness programming and Fuel Up to Play 60 en español’s customizable resources will help make a positive impact on the Hispanic youth and school community.”
The national student body is increasingly diverse, making it important to reach students and their families in culturally relevant ways. With the Hispanic population in schools projected to increase to 29 percent of total enrollment by 2024iii and Spanish being the most spoken non-English language in the U.S.iv, there is a need for Spanish-language resources that can help engage a greater number of kids and their families in health and wellness initiatives.
“With research showing that one in four children in the U.S. is Hispanic,v we knew that the largest school wellness program had to expand to ensure students and families from all communities receive the best tools to succeed,” said Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth. “We are deeply grateful to partners such as the PepsiCo Foundation, Morgan Stanley and America’s dairy farmers and importers for their generous contributions to GENYOUth, which together will provide grants of $250,000 in total funding direct to the Miami and Los Angeles school districts to improve nutrition and physical activity among Hispanic youth.”
Local kickoff events will be held in Miami (Oct. 8) and Los Angeles (Oct. 13) to officially launch the program. Events will feature special appearances by Troy Drayton and Twan Russell in Miami, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Offensive Tackle Anthony Muñoz in Los Angeles, in addition to many other distinguished guests from the Hispanic, health and wellness, education and business communities.
“PepsiCo and its philanthropic arm, the PepsiCo Foundation, believe positive change in our communities happens through strong partnerships. We’re honored to partner with GENYOUth to help extend the impact of their successful results driven program,” said Sue Norton, vice president, PepsiCo Foundation. “By expanding the reach of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to the Spanish-speaking community and through the grants to schools in Los Angeles and Miami, we hope to make a healthier lifestyle more accessible and to motivate and inspire high-achieving kids nationwide.”
The new Fuel Up to Play 60 en español materials, available online, include an interactive, Spanish-language student Dashboard and Playbook with resources and information about healthy eating and physical activity. As parental diets and family physical activity habits often have an impact on children’s lifestyles, take-home materials and interactive resources for family members take Fuel Up to Play 60 beyond the classroom and into the community to help achieve the most effective results. Students, parents and educators can access Fuel Up to Play 60 en español by visiting FuelUptoPlay60.com to learn more about their role in supporting healthy, active schools and communities.
About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, 13 million students are making better food choices by selecting nutritious options like low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Additionally, 16 million students are getting more physically active during the school day as a result of the program.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student contests. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.
Founded through an unprecedented public-private partnership with National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL), and committed to child health and wellness, GENYOUth brings leaders in health, education, government and business together in a movement to help America's youth achieve a healthier future. Their flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60), is the largest health and wellness program in schools across the country and is currently active in more than 73,000 schools. Launched with additional partnership support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), FUTP 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. GENYOUth and FUTP 60 empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. When youth take action, change can happen. For more information, visit www.genyouthfoundation.org.
About PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, the PepsiCo Foundation is the philanthropic anchor of PepsiCo, collaborating with non-profit organizations to develop innovative solutions to challenges facing underserved communities around the world. In support of PepsiCo’s commitment to Performance with Purpose, the PepsiCo Foundation provides grants to eligible non-profit organizations to advance progress in the fields of Human, Environmental, and Talent Sustainability. For more information, visit: https://www.pepsico.com/Purpose/Global-Citizenship.
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate.
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i American College of Sports Medicine, American School Health Association, GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council. The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Through Healthy School Environment, March 2013.
ii National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The Fitness Equation: Physical Activity + Balanced Diet = Fit Kids. Reston, VA: National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 1999.
iii National Center for Education Statistics. Racial/Ethnic Enrollment in Public Schools, May 2015.
iv Pew Research Center. 2011 American Community Survey, August 2013.
v Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2014.