Leading by Example: National Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador Inspires Healthy Changes in His Community

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When Frank M-C first got involved with Fuel Up to Play 60, he never imagined himself leading an event – let alone representing an entire nation of students. But many times throughout this school year, that’s exactly what Frank has done, and he’s done it with ease thanks to the leadership opportunities Fuel Up to Play 60 has offered him.

In honor of National School Breakfast Week and the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program’s Fuel Greatness campaign, Frank’s school – Rochester Alternative Learning Center – held a special recognition event to mark the occasion and help further the conversation around the importance of eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast each day. As part of the program, Frank gave a speech about the incredible opportunities he’s had through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program throughout the year.

Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede helped commemorate the event with a city proclamation and a press conference detailing how schools in the district have prioritized breakfast. Rochester Alternative Learning Center has added a Grab-and-Go Breakfast program, and more than half the student body participates each day. The Fuel Up to Play 60 team makes sure it offers a variety of fresh foods – including fruits, dairy products, whole grain breads and more – rather than pre-packaged items.

Armed with a new smoothie machine, Frank and his team members held their first taste-test during the breakfast event and everyone loved trying the flavor options. They will begin offering smoothies three days a week, with plans to purchase another machine and make them available more often.

Frank credits the leadership training he received at the National Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit with helping him develop the skills to help implement the program in his school and make a difference in his community. His year as an ambassador has motivated him to seek more leadership opportunities and encourage others to do more as well. Future activities include plans to help lead a school track-and-field day for elementary school students and host a group of dairy farmers for a special farm-to-table event.

Millions of students across the country aren’t fueling up with a healthy breakfast each morning, and Frank and his Fuel Up to Play 60 team members hope to change that.

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    Fueling Greatness across the Midwest

    Research shows that improved nutrition including daily breakfast and increased physical activity can lead to stronger academic performance for students. But even though breakfast at school can help kids be more attentive, behave better and achieve higher test scores, millions of students aren’t eating this important meal.

    That’s why this March, in conjunction with National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6), Fuel Up to Play 60 launched “Fuel Greatness,” an initiative designed to recognize schools that have implemented successful school breakfast models.

    At each of the Fuel Greatness events, one school was honored by the Midwest Dairy Council for its successful integration of an alternative breakfast program. Beginning on March 3, these special Fuel Greatness events kicked off in states all around the Midwest. Here’s how schools celebrated:

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    At B.J. Ward Elementary in Bolingbrook, Ill. and Robert Abbott Middle School in Waukegan, Ill., Chicago Bears’ center/guard Roberto Garza joined students in their classrooms for breakfast and at all-school assemblies during which students could ask Garza questions about his breakfast favorites and how he fuels up to be his best on the field. The schools’ unique programs feature breakfast deliveries to classrooms each morning, ensuring that students begin their day with a healthy, nutritious breakfast.

    Westview Elementary in Apple Valley, Minn. hosted a special breakfast event attended by Adam Thielen, a local Minnesotan and wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tim English and local dairy farmer Barb Liebenstein. At the event, the special guests emphasized the importance of breakfast and recognized the school’s success and the partnerships that allow more kids to start their day with a nutritious breakfast to fuel learning. Members of the school’s Walking Club also entertained at the event by performing a breakfast song to celebrate the program’s success. Guests were able to mingle with students, observe the school’s new breakfast cart in action, and enjoy the new yogurt smoothies added to the menu.

    Marshalltown Fuel Greatness Event - Thought Leaders

    In Marshalltown, Iowa, Miller Middle School showcased their Grab-and-Go breakfast model for special guests including members of the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Health and members of Marshalltown’s police and fire departments. The visitors participated in school breakfast, while Miller Middle School staff and students shared their positive experiences with the new Grab-and-Go Breakfast program. Since implementing their breakfast program, changes at the school have included improved focus during class, decreased stomach aches, more energy and fewer headaches during physical education activities, and fewer visits to the school nurse – all because students are properly fueled up.

    Meadows Elementary in Topeka, Kan., Fueled Greatness alongside Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt and Kansas dairy farmer Justin Ohlde. The special guests delivered breakfast to the classroom pods, handed out milk and yogurt during breakfast service and ate with students in their classrooms.

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    At Beals Elementary in Omaha, Neb., the school showcased their Grab-and-Go breakfast model for special guests, including former Nebraska Cornhusker and current NFL running back Roy Helu Jr., along with local Nebraska dairy farmer Dave Crook and Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Matt Blomstedt. At the event, Roy Helu Jr. and dairy farmer Dave Crook led students in physical activities, interacted with students in the breakfast line, joined them in their classrooms as they ate breakfast and held a Q&A session during the morning announcements.

    On March 5 at Mandan High School in Mandan, N.D., more than 100 students enjoyed school breakfast, nearly doubling the average daily breakfast participation. The school showcased their new Grab-and-Go Breakfast program for special guests, and also received a $6,500 grant from the Midwest Dairy Council and Fuel Up to Play 60 to help implement the new Grab-and-Go Breakfast program. The event included the check presentation, as well as an address from Mandan Mayor Arlyn Van Beek, Go! Bismarck-Mandan Chair Katie Johnke and North Dakota dairy farmer Kenton Holle emphasizing the importance of breakfast to “fuel greatness.”

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    On Friday, March 6, Greg Zuerlein, kicker for the St. Louis Rams, and Chesterfield Mayor Pro Tem Elliot Grissom stopped by Parkway Central Middle School in Chesterfield Mo. to celebrate the school’s Grab-and-Go Breakfast model and share how they fuel greatness. Zuerlein and Grissom addressed students about the importance of school breakfast during their morning announcements, and helped lead first period physical education classes. Leading up to the event, Parkway Central Middle School saw increased school breakfast participation.

    At Rochester Alternative Learning Center in Rochester, Minn., Mayor Ardell Brede recognized National School Breakfast Week with a proclamation and a press conference detailing how the school celebrates the importance of breakfast.

    Ridgeview Elementary in Olathe, Kan., also showcased their Breakfast in the Classroom model for Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, who was joined for his visit by Kansas dairy farmer Lisa Leach. At the event, Dustin Colquitt and student ambassadors delivered breakfast items to a classroom, distributed items to each student and sat down to eat with the class.

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    For their Fuel Greatness event, General Beadle Elementary School in Rapid City, S.D. showed how it has eliminated many of the barriers that prevent students from fueling up before they dive into school, work or other activities each day. The school showcased its Breakfast in the Classroom model for special guests, including Lakota Dancers who performed in the school’s second and third grade pod. After the performance, the dancers joined the students for school breakfast.

    Having to reschedule due to inclement weather, the students and staff at Asbell Elementary in Fayetteville, Ark., celebrated their Fuel Greatness event on Thursday, March 19, alongside Jerry Franklin, former Arkansas Razorback and current linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, and local Arkansas dairy farmer Ryan Anglin. Jerry and Ryan assisted in distributing breakfast to the classrooms, ate with the students and discussed the importance of breakfast at an all-school assembly.

    To learn more about how you can help fuel greatness in your school or community, please visit MidwestDairy.com.

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      Second Chance Breakfast to Undergo Double Expansion

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      Liberal High School students in Liberal, Kan. don’t miss breakfast anymore, and their successful breakfast program is about to inspire more students in their district to follow suit.

      With grant funding from Fuel Up to Play 60, Liberal High School established a Second Chance Breakfast program. Now, a special kiosk loaded with healthy, portable breakfast foods allows students who weren’t able to eat breakfast before school the opportunity to grab something delicious and eat it during their second hour class.

      To help boost awareness and enthusiasm about the new program, students created marketing campaign with posters and videos. The grab-and-go model quickly caught students’ attention, and school and student leaders watched as breakfast participation doubled each day during the first two weeks it was offered. Now, nearly 400 students eat the grab-and-go breakfast option each day, and the success has students and leaders making plans to roll the idea out to two other sites in the district.

      Word has spread among students, staff and administration: students are no longer hungry and visiting the nurse’s office complaining of stomachaches or headaches. And you won’t find them at vending machines in the middle of the morning because they’ve had an opportunity to grab something nutritious earlier. Favorite breakfast items so far include cheese sticks, muffins, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt, apple slices and milk.

      Teachers and staff have also embraced the breakfast carts, and appreciate the opportunity to grab a healthy, satisfying breakfast at school. Faculty hasn’t reported any complaints of students being late to class, leaving messes behind in their classrooms or being a disruption to instruction time, and academic achievement at the school continues to climb. In 2014, Liberal High School was ranked second in Kansas by U.S. News & World Report, based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

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        New Approaches to School Breakfast

        Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but many students don’t have access to a morning meal or simply don’t have time to eat before school.

        By teaching students the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, Fuel Up to Play 60 is helping schools throughout the Midwest set students up for better achievement in school and a lifetime of making healthy choices.

        Research shows students who eat breakfast do better on tests, are more attentive in class, miss less school and visit the school nurse less often than those who do not. Breakfast offerings can range from easy-to-eat items like breakfast sandwiches and burritos, to cereal plus milk and fruit, to pre-packaged options students can quickly grab on their way to class.

        Through their participation in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, schools across the Midwest have been able to implement Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Breakfast in the Classroom models, increasing – and sometimes more than doubling – the number of students who have access to a healthy breakfast at school.

        This video highlights some of the ways students of all ages are benefitting from their school’s breakfast programs:

        Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Breakfast in the Classroom allow students the opportunity to fuel their minds and their bodies without taking away important instruction time from teachers.

        For information about how you can change the way your school thinks about school breakfast, visit midwestdairy.com.

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          Minnesota’s Former Student Ambassador Still Making A Difference

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          Minnesota’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador alumnus Kylie Kasprick is keeping up the good work in encouraging others to live a healthy lifestyle. She was recently honored with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

          In addition to her great work as an ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60, which included speaking engagements at schools and education conferences, TV appearances, and leadership round tables with top CEOs, Kylie was honored for her 4H volunteer work. She presented her work at 4H clubs at the Hennepin County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair.  She was nominated for the award by Hennepin County 4H Program Coordinator Amie Mondl.

          While Kylie’s official time as a Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassador has ended, she continues make a difference by being an active member of the wellness team at her school, Osseo Jr. High. She also writes for The Huddle, Fuel Up to Play 60’s national student blog. Most recently she served as a junior broadcaster on “Vikings Huddle,” a show created in partnership with the Minnesota Vikings for kids on the importance of healthy eating and staying active.

          To read more about Kylie and her recent awards, click here.

          To learn more about becoming a Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador, click here.

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            Students from Across the Midwest Celebrated Efforts to Eat Healthy and be Physically Active at 2014 Reward Summits

            Nearly 1,000 students throughout the Midwest gathered during April and May for nutrition and NFL-themed Reward Summits in Lincoln, Neb., St. Louis, Mo., Minneapolis, Minn., Kansas City, Mo. Sioux Falls, S.D., Chicago, Ill., Iowa City, Iowa and Springdale, Ark. as a reward for achieving Touchdown Status within their school, pledging to make healthier choices and committing to at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

            Each region celebrated with activities that encourage healthy eating and staying active. Students heard from keynote speakers representing NFL teams and universities from their region and also received visits from mascots and cheerleaders. Some of the event highlights include:

            Lincoln, Neb. – April 8, 2014

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            To kick-off the 2014 Fuel Up to Play 60 Reward Summits, more than 200 students from across Nebraska and western Iowa gathered at Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, home of the Huskers. The students participated in football activities led by Husker football players, went head-to-head against each other in a healthy eating game show, and heard from Nebraska dairy farmer Melisa Konecky about life on the farm. The day was capped off by a visit from Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., who spoke to the students about how eating right and staying active helps him prepare for the big games.

             

            St. Louis, Mo. – April 10, 2014

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            Rams Park, the St. Louis Rams Training Facility in St. Louis, hosted this year’s Fuel up to Play 60 Reward Summit for schools throughout the state of Missouri and central Illinois. St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker joined the Rams mascot, Rampage and Rams cheerleaders to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 100 students from throughout the region. Students also competed in a “Family Food” game show, and participated in football drills and skills, led by the YMCA. Additionally, local dairy farmer, Alison Bos, was on hand to share what it was like to grow up on a dairy farm.

            Minneapolis, Minn. – April 26, 2014

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            Winter Park, the Minnesota Vikings practice facility, hosted 113 students during Minnesota’s Reward Summit. Students kicked off the day with the opportunity to show their football prowess during a football drills and skills session. Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Phil Loadholt and cornerback Josh Robinson were on hand to offer all the kids some tips as they rotated through the various activity stations also staffed by University of St. Thomas football players. The students then participated in various activity rotations, which included a food tray relay based on MyPlate, and a visit with dairy farmer Morgan Krause hosted by Princess Kay of the Milky Way Marjenna McWilliam. The day concluded with a visit from Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd who shared his tips on staying healthy and living an active lifestyle and selected a winning touchdown dance that was created by students with help from the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders.

            Kansas City, Mo. – May 1, 2014

            KC Reward Summit

            Nearly 170 students from Kansas and Missouri ventured to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, home to the Kansas City Chiefs, for their Reward Summit. After kicking off the day with some NFL prize giveaways, the students took to the field for a series of stations to hone their football skills. The touchdown dance station featured a very special guest, Chiefs alumni player Eddie Kennison, who handed the ball off to each student to take to the end zone. Eddie also joined current Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt for a question and answer session on healthy eating and staying active. The students also tested their nutrition knowledge in the “Family Food” game show, and learned about life on the farm from Taylor Leach, a Kansas City area dairy farmer.

            Sioux Falls, S.D. – May 2, 2014

            South Dakota

            Eighty students from throughout South Dakota joined together at Sanford Fieldhouse in Sioux Falls for South Dakota’s first-ever Fuel Up to Play 60 Reward Summit. Throughout the day, students participated in the “Family Food” game show, as well as some football drills and skills. 2013 South Dakota Dairy Princess Audrey Souza spoke about her experiences growing up on a dairy farm, and invited  the students to ask her questions about the dairy industry. Students were also treated to a visit from Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who spoke about the importance of eating healthy and staying active. After a question and answer session with each of the students, Walsh autographed the students’ t-shirts, sending each student home with a memory they will not soon forget.

            Chicago, Ill. – May 3, 2014

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            More than 140 students were invited to participate in the Illinois Reward Summit held at the Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall in Chicago on May 3. Students were treated to a morning visit from Chicago Bears safety Craig Steltz and center and guard Roberto Garza during the first morning activity of football drills and skills, where students participated in various combine drills. Athletes from Northwestern University were on hand to provide assistance at each station. The afternoon was spent hearing from local dairy farmer Kevin Hildebrandt about life on the farm, developing touchdown dances with help from the Northwestern University Cheer Squad and participating in the healthy eating game – “Family Food.” The day was capped off with a presentation from Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jordan Mills who answered questions from students about playing in the NFL and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

            Iowa City, Iowa – May 6, 2014

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            Nearly 100 students from throughout Iowa were rewarded for their efforts to implement the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in their schools and communities on Tuesday, May 6. The group visited Kinnick Stadium at the University of Iowa, and heard from Hawkeyes Football Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle about how he encourages his players to properly fuel up and prepare their bodies for a successful football game. After a tour of the stadium and a healthy lunch, the entire group ran down the stadium tunnel and swarmed the field, where two additional Hawkeyes football coaches and three former players led them through warm-ups and football drills and skills.

            Springdale, Ark. – May 6, 2014

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            Seventy-seven students from Arkansas, Southern Missouri and Eastern Oklahoma gathered at the Jones Center in Springdale on Tuesday, May 6 for their Fuel Up to Play 60 Reward Summit. Emceed by former NFL player Geneo Riley, the students participated in football drills and skills, the “Family Food” game show and heard about life on the farm from Bailee Whitehead, a southern Missouri dairy farmer. They also heard from Arkansas Razorback alumni and Chicago Bears linebacker Jerry Franklin on how living a healthy lifestyle prepared him for a career in the NFL.

            Congratulations to all of the schools that participated in this year’s Reward Summits, we hope to see you again next year! Click here for more information on how to achieve Touchdown Status in your school.

             

             

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              Rockwood South Middle School awarded $15,000 grant in national Make Your Move Contest

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              Students at Rockwood South Middle School in Missouri were honored earlier this month as grand prize winners in the national Quaker and Fuel Up to Play 60 Make Your Move Video Contest. The school won a $15,000 grant showing off its commitment to getting active for at least 60 minutes a day by creating a video of students dancing and being active in their school’s gymnasium.

              Students at Rockwood South were responsible for putting the winning video together. Two eighth grade students choreographed the dance and taught it to the rest of their team, who then performed it for a camera. The resulting video is one of five grand prize winners that received a $15,000 grant.

              Rockwood South Middle School plans to use the grant to help make some healthy changes in their school that will benefit students and staff. The school plans to upgrade two health rooms, creating a learning lab classroom and a fitness style classroom with treadmill desks, under table bikes, and stability ball chairs to keep students moving while they are learning.

              In addition to the grant, the school was awarded a visit from former St. Louis Rams running back and NFL Hall of Famer, Marshall Faulk, who helped the school celebrate the win while sharing his favorite ways to get moving, and answering some questions from the students.

              “We have been involved with Fuel Up to Play 60 for the last four years. The wonderful thing about this program is you can make it work for you and your school,” said Katie Severson, Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor at Rockwood South Middle School. “The kids are proud of themselves for the hard work they put in and we couldn’t be prouder of them! We are very thankful to America’s dairy farmers and the NFL for creating Fuel Up to Play 60. We have been able to do some wonderful things at Rockwood South because of the program.”

               

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                It Starts With School Breakfast Events in the Midwest

                 

                According to a recent study, more than 60 percent of students do not eat breakfast each day. That leaves many kids showing up to school hungry and thus not able to perform at their best in the classroom. During National School Breakfast Week (March 3-7), nine states in the Midwest kicked off Fuel Up to Play 60’s It Starts With School Breakfast campaign with fun, in-school events. They included:

                Kansas – Local dairy farmer Byron Lehman attended the breakfast event at Marshall Middle School in Wichita. The students taste tested a new breakfast menu item – Peaches & Cream Waffle Dunkers, part of the “Breakfast Lab” innovation session. Food industry experts developed 10 recipes for testing in schools around the country that are kid-focused, dairy-centric, meet USDA breakfast guidelines and fit within the food cost structure for school meal programs. After the tastings, the food industry will receive information about this study and be encouraged to bring the most successful concepts to the market place.

                Minnesota – Students from John Glenn Middle School in Maplewood were treated to a visit from Minnesota Viking placekicker Blair Walsh, who gave tips to students on living an active lifestyle. The event also featured remarks from Patty Phillips, superintendent of district 622 and guests included Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik, State Representative Leon Lillie, Julie Mikkelson from the USDA Midwest regional office, and two school board members.

                Arkansas – At Daisy Bates Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe and Tennessee Titans free safety and former Arkansas Razorback George Wilson spoke to the students about the importance of school breakfast. District Child Nutrition Director Regena English and Principal Matt Mellor also shared how school breakfast has made a difference in the community.

                North Dakota – Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber joined students at Valley Middle School in Grand Forks to celebrate National School Breakfast Week. Ben talked with more than 200 students about the importance of eating healthy and staying active. Grand Forks Mayor Michael R. Brown also attended the event and encouraged the students to start their day with breakfast every day.

                MissouriSt. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker kicked off National School Breakfast Week at Rockwood Valley Middle School in Glencoe. Johnny discussed the importance of school breakfast, as well as getting active for 60 minutes a day. Also at the event, students taste tested a new breakfast item — Fiesta Breakfast Swirl, as part of the “Breakfast Lab” innovation session.

                Illinois – Former Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton and former Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Morgan visited J S Morton High School in Cicero, Ill., to celebrate the importance of school breakfast. The celebration kicked off with a breakfast cheer from the school’s Pom Pom team. The event also included brief presentations from Illinois School Nutrition President Sandra Voss and Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry Coordinator Suzanne Lee who shared compelling information about the need for school breakfast and its correlation on achievement in school.

                Iowa – Iowa Department of Education Director, Dr. Brad Buck, along with Chief of the Bureau of Nutrition & Health Services, Ann Feilmann, and Waukee School Nutrition Director, Jeannie Allgood, addressed the academic impact of consuming a delicious, nutritious breakfast as students participated in the new grab-n-go breakfast program at Waukee Community School District’s South Middle School on the way to their first class of the day. In addition to the school’s hot breakfast program, Waukee serves milk, cheese sticks, yogurt parfaits, cereal, muffins, hot breakfast sandwiches and more to up to 75 students each morning.

                Nebraska – Nebraska wrapped up National School Breakfast Week with an event at Neihardt Elementary in Omaha. Nebraska’s first lady Sally Ganem, Roy Helu Jr., running back for the Washington Redskins and former University of Nebraska Cornhusker, and Hunger Free Heartland’s Andrew Bauer, spoke to students, faculty and staff on the importance of school breakfast. Prior to the assembly, students also taste-tested two new menu items, Blueberry Delight and Double Cheese Spirals, part of the “Breakfast Lab” program, at a free community breakfast sponsored by Hunger Free Heartland.

                South Dakota – Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber joined special guest South Dakota Secretary of Education, Dr. Melody Schopp, for a breakfast event at Robert Bennis Elementary in Brandon. Two new recipes, the Fruity Flatbread and the Sunny Start Flatbread were displayed at the event as part of the “Breakfast Lab” project.

                Hosting school breakfast events are a great way to encourage healthy eating habits, not just during National School Breakfast Week but throughout the year!

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                  Start the Day Ready to Learn – It Starts with School Breakfast

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                  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it helps keep kids full and focused throughout the school day. But for many students, eating before they get to school is not an option. That’s why Fuel Up to Play 60 is partnering with Share our Strength and Dean’s Foods to make sure all students have the chance to fuel up before class.

                  The “It Starts with School Breakfast” campaign aims to empower students and families to lead change in their schools and communities and increase school breakfast awareness and participation.

                  And what better time to highlight school breakfast than in March – National Nutrition Month. Fuel Up to Play 60 enrolled schools are encouraged to host events focusing on school breakfast, then upload information about the events to the Fuel Up to Play 60 dashboard for a chance to win great NFL prizes! Your school could even win the grand prize – a visit from an NFL player! Just enter by March 31! (For official rules, click here.)

                  Here are a few ideas for fun breakfast events:

                  1. Host a Breakfast Picnic: Get the students out of the cafeteria into a new picnic area (wherever you decide that to be) where they can enjoy nutritious, easily packable foods. (Learn more here.)

                  2. School Breakfast Tailgate Takeover: Turn your school hallways into a tailgate party! Create a menu of breakfast favorites and serve them in the hall.

                  3. Taste Test Day: Encourage students to try new breakfast foods, and vote for their favorites! Following the event, work with your school’s nutrition director to see if the top scoring foods can be permanent menu items. (Learn more here.)

                  4. Guess Who Starts With Breakfast? Invite local celebrities, heroes and local leaders to your school for a community breakfast event.

                  5. Get creative! Make up an event with the help of your Fuel Up to Play 60 student team

                  We can’t wait to see how your school starts the day off with breakfast!

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                    Students and program advisors from across the Midwest were a part of on-field NFL action, thanks to their efforts in Fuel Up to Play 60!

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                    As a reward for eating healthy, staying active and making a difference in their schools and communities, Fuel Up to Play 60 champions from across the Midwest were invited to be a part of NFL game day action, at four NFL PLAY 60 games.

                    Kansas City: On Sunday, Dec. 1, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted students and program advisors from Kansas and Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium, and treated them to the ultimate tailgate party. They enjoyed an authentic Kansas City-style barbecue, and met and mingled with the Chiefs mascot KC Wolf, the Chiefs cheerleaders, and dairy farmers Steve and Cindy Ohlde from Kansas and Chris and Adriane Heins from Missouri. In addition to the tailgate party, the grand prize winning school, Walnut Grove Elementary in Olathe, Kan., received on-field recognition during the pre-game show (see left). Even though the Chiefs ended up losing to the Denver Broncos, a good time was had by all!

                    Minnesota: Also on Sunday, Dec. 1, Fuel Up to Play 60 champions from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa gathered together for the ultimate game day experience: a run through the players’ tunnel in front of 64,000 cheering fans prior to the Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears game on Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. They also rubbed elbows with Viktor, the Vikings’ mascot; Princess Kay of the Milky Way, MarJenna McWilliam; and Minnesota dairy farmers Peter and Stacy Ripka. The students and program advisors also saw a close, thrilling game, with the Minnesota Vikings beating the Chicago Bears 23-20 in overtime.

                    Chicago: On Monday, Dec. 9, it was Chicago’s turn. Students and program advisors from across Illinois headed to Soldier Field to cheer on the Chicago Bears as they took on the Dallas Cowboys. National Student Ambassador Shauna Gilles from Heritage Grove Middle School in Plainfield, Ill., and State Student Ambassador Taylor Healy from Kinzie Elementary school in Chicago, along with Illinois’s Program Advisor of the Year Wendy Starwault from Carrie Busey Elementary School in Champaign, Ill. received special recognition at the game, representing the 3,800 schools in Illinois that are involved with the program. The ambassadors were selected as Honorary Captains to conduct the coin toss at the start of the game, and were featured on the Video Board. The Bears went on to beat the Cowboys 45-28!

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                    St. Louis: On Sunday, Dec. 15, Edward Jones Dome was filled with Fuel Up to Play 60 champions, ready to watch the St. Louis Rams take on the New Orleans Saints. The students were able to be on the field for pregame warm-ups, and were greeted by game officials. Rogers Middle School Program Advisor Kathy Beezley even participated in the “Tick Tock Beat the Clock” game during one of the longer time outs (see left). The Rams ended up winning 27-16!

                    Stay tuned for more details on how your school could win a NFL experience next season!

                     

                     

                     

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