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Today is all about being thankful, spending time with family, eating turkey, and football. Another area where food and football combine is with the school-based program Fuel Up to Play 60.
Fuel Up to Play 60 was launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL, partnering with the USDA, to teach students how to live healthier lives. The program is run through schools focusing on nutrition and physical activity. The NFL portion of the program encourages children to exercise for at least 60 minutes a day through play and physical activity. The National Dairy Council and the USDA focus on educating students with healthy eating habits by eating dairy products, fresh fruits and veggies, and whole grains.
The program focuses mainly on teaching children but also takes the opportunity to educate teachers, parents, and communities on how to lead a healthier lifestyle. The free program offers to fund schools for running their own programs from the Fuel Up to Play 60 playbook. The playbook is a guide offering activity suggestions for schools to run that are geared towards the main principles of an active lifestyle.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Storms across the nation are getting more volatile and powerful every year. Now on the cusp of winter, it is important to have a plan in place should severe winter weather hit your farm. If you already have active emergency procedures, take the time to review with your employees and coworker. A plan will keep both employees and animals safe when practiced and well-known.
Keep a close eye on your inventory. Know your numbers, and have extra on hand in winter in case a storm prevents shipments from getting into your farm. Take a walk around the farm property and check out building structures, trees and low hanging branches, and power hook-ups to the barn. Does everything look like it should? Do branches need to be cut to prevent building damage? Now is the time to do it before the snow is here to stay.
Keep procedures for winter emergencies in well-traveled locations. Test out your generator and make sure it is functioning in case there is a winter power outage. Do you have a secondary location to house animals in case of a barn roof collapse? Have an evacuation plan in place with emergency contacts listed for efficient transitions if needed.
Starting as a bit of a joke to bring back the mustache, two friends in Australia ended up creating the worldwide movement now known as “Movember”. There were originally 30 people that participated in the first year of this program. Each participant donated $10.00 to grow a mustache in November back in 2003. Inspired by a friend’s mother fundraising for breast cancer, they donated the money raised to a prostate cancer foundation. Now, 15 years later, there are over 5 million people supporting Movember by raising awareness for men’s health issues with facial hair, volunteering, or donating.
The general goal of this movement is to stop men from dying too young. It is meant to raise awareness and educate men on prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention. Movember focuses on signs and symptoms of prostate and testicular cancer, early detection, and encourages open conversations and questions with family and doctors. They offer support for men and their families fighting against these illnesses.
For more information, visit www.movember.com.