Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisors throughout the Midwest are helping to spread the word about the program and their students’ activities and achievements through blogs, local news websites, and school and personal social media channels. Here are some key ways that Program Advisors are letting others know about their school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 activity:
1. Telling the media: Some program advisors are submitting write-ups about Fuel Up to Play 60 events to their local newspapers or news websites. Kathy Beezley, program advisor at Rogers Middle School in St. Louis, Mo., partnered with her local Patch new website last fall. Kathy contributes blog posts about her school’s Fuel up to Play 60 activities to the Local Voices section of the Affton-Shrewsbury Patch site.
2. Starting a buzz in school: Advisors and students are sharing updates about program activity in their school’s communication vehicles—morning announcements, school newsletters, student newspapers, or staff blogs. Nicole Osmundson, program advisor at Robert Frost Elementary in Sioux Falls, S.D., shared Fuel Up to Play 60 news via the school’s PTO blog, RobertFrostPTO.
3. Blogging: Some program advisors have started blogs using free blogging platforms such as Blogger or WordPress. Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Cindy Brison at St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Omaha, Neb., blogs about program events on her Nutrition Know How blog. Blogs are a great way to share healthy recipes, post fitness challenge results and rewards, and showcase photos of students implementing program initiatives. Blog posts don’t need to be long (150-250 words is a good guideline), and students could participate as well, contributing photos and videos, or even writing entries.
Regardless of how they’re spreading the word, program participants are also sharing links to their online postings via their favorite social media channels. We’d love to hear how you’re spreading the word in your area, too!