Kids who eat breakfast and participate in regular physical activity are more likely to excel in school and lead healthier lives.
Every year, children spend up to 2,000 hours at school, where teachers, peers and the environment have an enormous influence on behaviors related to nutrition, wellness and exercise.1
Kids who eat school breakfast every morning attend, on average, 1.5 more days of school every year and score 17.5 percent higher on standardized math tests than those who don’t start the day off with a healthy meal.1
The brain shifts its focus every 90 minutes; even offering five minutes of physical activity during classroom instruction can improve concentration, help students retain more information and improve behavior.1
See how schools across Kansas are promoting healthy lifestyles through wellness programs that help kids grow up smart and strong.
At Briarwood Elementary School in Olathe, students are learning the importance of being active not only during physical education, but through fun opportunities to exercise inside and outside of the classroom.Watch The Video ›
Students at Central Middle School in Kansas City are motivated to arrive on time to school and are more alert in class thanks to the boxed breakfasts they enjoy in homeroom every morning.Watch The Video ›
The “Second Chance” breakfast offering at Liberal High School gives students, who might otherwise miss or skip breakfast, an opportunity to get healthy food options on-the-go and remain properly nourished throughout the day.Watch The Video ›
In this section, explore links with creative ideas and how-to instructions for promoting wellness in schools.
Find out how to start a conversation around your school’s wellness committee, how you can play a supportive role and how to keep your committee active and effective.Learn More ›
Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) is another great way to start community dialogue around how school leaders and parents can best encourage healthy lifestyles. Here are a few tips and a sample letter to get you started.Learn More ›
Like what you’ve seen? Check out these links to like-minded organizations for more information and ideas on how you can work collaboratively with Kansas families to help our kids develop healthy habits for life.Learn More ›
Explore wellness resources, guidelines and tips and tricks for how you can help make positive changes in your schools in collaboration with families across Kansas.Learn More ›
Interested in learning more? See how parents and schools across Kansas are building a brighter future for our youth.
Maria, a Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador, provides a unique viewpoint on school wellness.Learn More ›