Illinois’ Ridge Family Center for Learning: Casting Call Champions and National Television Stars

For winning the national Fuel Up to Play 60 Casting Call Challenge, students at Ridge Family Center for Learning in Illinois were recently rewarded with a visit from three current Chicago Bears players – and the opportunity to be national television stars.

Bears’ quarterback Jason Campbell, center/guard Roberto Garza and cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman made a special visit to the Elk Grove Village elementary school, where they discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. They joined the students for physical activity drills and shared nutrient-rich snacks, including low-fat string cheese, fruit and low-fat yogurt smoothies. Highlights of the visit were filmed for a 30-second national TV feature for NFL Play 60 and the Kinect for Xbox 360 video game console, which is scheduled to air on Sunday, November 25 on either CBS or FOX.

In addition to being stars of a NFL TV promo, Ridge Family Center for Learning is now the proud owner of a Kinect for Xbox 360 gaming kiosk and a collection of games, valued at an estimated $2,800. Twenty-five runner-up schools in the Casting Call Challenge also received a Kinect for Xbox 360 gaming kiosk and games.

“We could not be more impressed by the Fuel Up to Play 60 Casting Call Challenge submissions that we received from across the country,” said Lorna Riggs, a Health and Wellness Program Manager for Midwest Dairy Council. “It is truly inspiring to see how these kids are making a difference in their health and at their schools,” she continued. “Ridge Family Center for Learning won the grand prize based on its success making healthy changes in their school environment through healthy taste tests, a school menu makeover, after-school fit club, Fuel Up Family Night, and the Ridge Family Network and ‘Bunny Broadcast’ that regularly features healthy tips and recipes.”

“Since taking the Fuel Up to Play 60 pledge three years ago, we’ve revamped our cafeteria menu to offer nutrient-rich foods, resulting in a 20 percent increase in school lunch consumption, and implemented a variety of fitness activities that inspire kids to get excited about health and wellness,” said Will Hogan, Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor, 2011-2012 Illinois Program Advisor of the Year, and PE teacher at Ridge Family Center for Learning “I’m so proud of the students for their hard work and determination in completing this Challenge, and we’re all thrilled for the opportunity to meet Bears players, to appear in an NFL TV promo, and to add Kinect for Xbox 360 to our daily exercise!”

To learn more about upcoming Fuel Up to Play 60 Challenges and view current Challenge entries, click here.

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