Missouri Governor Jay Nixon knows the importance of getting the state’s youth to eat right and engage in physical activity. On January 23, he signed a proclamation at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City recognizing Fuel Up to Play 60 for its efforts in promoting these healthy habits in Missouri schools.
Governor Nixon was joined by Missouri dairy farmers Bill Siebenborn from Trenton, Tom Oelrichs from Mora and Donna Telle from Uniontown; Fuel Up to Play 60 students Cassidy Ley, a sixth grader from Madison and a Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassador, Dillon Mobley, a fifth grader from Moscow Mills, and Fuel Up to Play 60 Missouri Program Advisor of the Year Kathy Beezley from Rogers Middle School in Afton. Also present were representatives from program partners Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the St. Louis Rams.
The proclamation states, “Whereas, a lifestyle that involves adequate nutrition and physical fitness is a pathway to a healthy life and can play a critical role in promoting effective learning in school for young people, now therefore, I, Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, Governor of the State of Missouri, do hereby recognize Fuel Up to Play 60 for its efforts to encourage students to eat healthy and be active.”
Midwest Dairy Council has awarded more than $1.5 million in funds and rewards to schools in 10 states for Fuel Up to Play 60, including more than $96,800 to Missouri schools. To learn more about earning funding for your school, click here.