Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Pledges Support for Fuel Up to Play 60

Gov. Dave Heineman joined Nebraska dairy industry representatives to pledge his support of Fuel Up to Play 60 at a signing celebration event at the state capitol in Lincoln to coincide with September being National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Gov. Heineman, along with Nebraska’s chief medical officer Dr. Joann Schaefer, joined Nebraska Program Advisor of the Year, Linda Maly, and State Student Ambassadors, Hannah McCoy and Jordan Turnwall from St. John Nepomucene in Weston, and dairy farmers, David Crook from Humboldt, Dan Rice from Firth and Lowell Mueller from Hooper at the event where he signed a certificate of support and a pledge to “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods and “play” for 60 minutes a day.
“This program is important to school children and dairy farmers in Nebraska,” said Gov. Heineman. “Kids who eat a variety of healthy foods and are physically active every day do better in the classroom. This program encourages a well-balanced diet that Nebraska farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses produce, including diverse healthy food choices from low-fat dairy products to lean meats, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.”
The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is important as Nebraska and the nation continue to address childhood obesity concerns. According to the recent Division of Public Health report, Nebraska mirrors national statistics in that almost one-third of Nebraska children, 10 to 17 years of age, are considered overweight or obese. To date, 981 Nebraska schools have signed up for the program, and $57,700 in funding has been awarded to jumpstart and sustain their school welllness efforts. David Crook led a milk toast explaing dairy farmers’ long-standing commitment to childhood nutrition through their investment in the National Dairy Council. Learn more.

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