In 2015, the program, in collaboration with GENYOUth and PepsiCo Foundation, evolved and expanded launching Fuel Up to Play 60 en español to encourage Spanish-speaking communities nationwide to live healthier lifestyles through good nutrition and physical activity. The PepsiCo Foundation contributed monetary donations to help develop Spanish-language materials and resources for the program at large, including Spanish-language content and materials for access on the redesigned website, extending the reach and access of the program to students, teachers and families across the country.
With the Hispanic population in schools projected to increase to 29 percent of total enrollment by 2024 and Spanish being the most spoken non-English language in the U.S., there was a need for Spanish-language resources to help engage a greater number of kids and their families in health and wellness initiatives.
Fuel Up to Play 60 en español fills a language and cultural gap by offering materials that are culturally relevant and translated to help students make their parents aware of the program and share their activities and achievements with them. Now, by visiting espanol.FuelUpToPlay60.com, parents, as well as students and educators, can access resources in school and at home.
Program resources available via the website include:
- A Spanish-language interactive Student Dashboard, an online Playbook with a collection of culturally-relevant content, including easy-to-implement healthy eating and physical activity Plays, Ambassador informational pages, mini-lessons and reporting activities are some of the resources available online via a dedicated page (Espanol.FuelUptoPlay60.com).
- Also available in Spanish are tools to help schools and educators facilitate connections with parents, such as a take-home letter, a guide to introduce the program to Spanish-speaking families and ideas for how parents can get involved both in school and at home.