We’re excited to welcome another governor to the Fuel Up to Play 60 movement: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn celebrated Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair by signing a pledge to support Fuel Up to Play 60.
The historic Dairy Building at the fair was the site of the signing. And now Quinn joins the ranks of fellow chief executives who have signed the pledge in states including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
At the signing, the governor recognized the efforts of the 3,800 participating Illinois schools participating in the program and praised the progress achieved by Illinois students.
“Fuel Up to Play 60 is a valuable in-school program that makes kids’ health and wellness as important as the ABC’s,” said Quinn. “The program is designed to instill in our young people the benefits of leading healthy lives, and to empower them to make good lifestyle decisions.”
Several VIPs and officials gathered with Quinn at the event, including: Robert Flider, director, Illinois Department of Agriculture; Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director, Illinois Department of Public Health; Dr. Christopher A. Koch, state superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education; and Anthony Morgan #81, former Chicago Bears wide receiver.
Also present were Ray Arceo, Fuel Up to Play 60 Illinois Program Advisor of the Year and Alejandro Guadarrama, National Student Ambassador of Miguel Juarez Middle School in Waukegan; Angelique Livingston, Fuel Up to Play 60 Illinois Student Ambassador from Burr Ridge Middle School; dairy farmers Doug Block from Pearl City and Mark Erdman from Chenoa; and members of the Midwest Dairy Council.
Among the guests commending the governor’s action were representatives of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians; Illinois Dietetic Association; Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Illinois Association of School Nurses; and Illinois School Nutrition Association.