Student Takes Her Case for School Breakfast to the Top

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Rachel D., Nebraska’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador, is working hard to make her school district the best it can be. Thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60, she knows a key way to get students on a healthy track each day is with breakfast, but currently, only seven out of 20 schools in the Papillion La-Vista district offer school breakfast. In a push to make breakfast available for everyone, Rachel, with the help of her Program Advisor, Joe Pudenz, brought the situation to the top – the district’s superintendent.

Joe helped Rachel set up a meeting with the superintendent and other school officials. At the meeting, Rachel discussed the importance of school breakfast and how students who participate in school breakfast are more prepared to learn. The district took Rachel’s facts into consideration and are working on a plan to make school breakfast available for all.

Rachel shared her story at a recent Town Hall event in Lincoln, Neb., sharing with local businesses and other school leaders how she took her case for school breakfast to top school officials.

“I’m proud that Rachel was able to take this initiative into her own hands,” said Joe. “I helped with some logistics, but Rachel was the driving force on bringing this issue to the attention of the district. Her passion to make our district a better place is really great to see.”

Rachel hopes that her work makes a difference for students to come. As she prepares to leave her role as the 2014-2015 Student Ambassador, she has a few words of advice for the incoming Student Ambassador:

“Be enthusiastic,” she said. “Show your passion for the program, and eating healthy and getting active, and others will follow.”

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    South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp shares the importance of student health and wellness

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    As a former teacher, South Dakota’s Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp has seen first-hand how critical students’ health and wellness becomes when it is time to learn. Research shows a clear connection between health, nutrition, learning and attendance. Throughout her time as Secretary of Education, Dr. Schopp has helped show schools how this “learning connection” can change their classrooms and schools for the better.

    We took some time to talk with Dr. Schopp about this learning connection and how implementing a Fuel Up to Play 60 program can help improve student health and wellness. She shared a few tips for all schools to help their students fuel up each morning, and stay active year round.

    Why do you feel nutrition and physical activity are important to learning?

    Dr. Schopp: In the same way a car needs fuel, oil, transmission fluid and other materials to run, the brain needs food to run properly and can’t operate on gas alone. Thus the balance of good food and physical activity provides the building blocks for the brain to work properly.

    In his book “Brain Rules,” John Medina discusses how physical activity improves cognition. There is an ancient reason why our brains respond to increased activity. Millions of years ago, if people sat around for even a short period of time, they could potentially end up as someone’s lunch. People walked perhaps up to 12 miles a day looking and hunting for food for survival.

    Medina gives two reasons why movement can improve brain function. First, physical activity increases oxygen flow to the brain, which has been proven to result in an uptick in mental sharpness. The second and more scientific reason is physical activity acts directly on the molecules in the brain to increase new transmissions across the brain.

    In as little as four months, moving from a sedentary to an active lifestyle has the potential to improve all functions including memory, problem solving, planning, attention and cognition. Because of this, teachers can help students by reminding them to get up and move frequently during the day, especially prior to any sort of activity requiring mental alertness.

    How are students and staff in South Dakota implementing the changes and being more mindful of their own health and wellness?

    Dr. Schopp: Awareness is the key to getting schools more engaged in wellness programs. As a Department of Education, we don’t mandate but instead offer training and support through collaborative programs from the Department of Health. An example was a recent workshop on how to create a healthier environment for students to learn and staff to work.

    Staff from the Child and Adult Nutrition Office have also helped to champion efforts toward “Breakfast in the Classroom,” [an initiative that has also been implemented through Fuel Up to Play 60 program efforts.]

    Of course, many of these programs depend on district leadership and while the options are there, it does require someone to step up to implement.

    If a school is just getting started in their health and wellness efforts, what, in your opinion, is a good first step?

    Dr. Schopp: Find one area of focus that you can do that will be successful rather than trying to change everything at once.

    What next? How will the integration of programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 and similar wellness initiatives affect the accomplishments of future generations?

    Dr. Schopp: We know the effect of obesity and lack of proper nutrition and exercise on learning and the quality of life. We owe it to our children to provide them with the tools to be healthy. A diploma and a healthy lifestyle should be the goal of every school district statewide.

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      Kicking off the 2015 Reward Summits: Students from Across the Midwest Rewarded for Eating Healthy and Being Physically Active

      In April, hundreds of students throughout the Midwest gathered for nutrition and NFL-themed Reward Summits in Lincoln, Neb., St. Louis, Mo., and Fargo, N.D. as a reward for their efforts and achievements with Fuel Up to Play 60 and to celebrate a century of dairy farmers’ commitment to supporting health and wellness.

      Students at each Reward Summit spent the day engaging in activities that encourage healthy eating and staying active. Students heard from governors, dairy farmers and pro football players from their region and also received visits from mascots and cheerleaders. Check out some of the event highlights:

       

      Lincoln, Neb. – April 14, 2015

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      The 2015 Fuel Up to Play 60 Reward Summits kicked off at Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, home of the Huskers, with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts addressing more than 200 elementary and middle school students and teachers. Students also participated in football activities led by Husker football players and heard from Nebraska dairy farmer Ben Rice about life on the farm. The day was capped off with a keynote from former Husker and current Cincinnati Bengal football player Rex Burkhead and Huskers Quarterback Johnny Stanton. Burkhead and Stanton spoke to the students about how they eat healthy and stay active. Students also took the time to thank the dairy farmers who help make the Fuel Up to Play 60 program possible.

       

      Fargo, N.D. – April 16, 2015

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      More than 100 elementary, middle and high school students from North Dakota and Minnesota joined North Dakota dairy farmers including 2012 North Dakota Dairy Princess, Marissa Leier, and 2014 District 4 (N.D.) Dairy Princess, Sarah Vetter. Minnesota Vikings Kicker Blair Walsh was also on hand for the day. He explained how healthy eating and staying active helped prepare him for a career in the NFL. Walsh also participated in football drills with students.

       

      St. Louis, Mo. – April 17, 2015

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      This year’s Fuel up to Play 60 Reward Summit for schools throughout the state of Missouri and southern Illinois took place at the St. Louis Rams Training Academy. St. Louis Rams Punter Johnny Hekker joined the Rams mascot, Rampage and Rams cheerleaders to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 120 students from throughout the region. Students participated in a variety of nutrition and physical activity sessions including: a series of football drills, healthy eating activities and an interactive dairy farming education session. Students also interacted with Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven and Missouri dairy farmer Blake Telle.

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        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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