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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