Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart recently took some time away from a busy football season to talk with students at West Fargo High School in West Fargo, N.D. about healthy eating and physical activity.
The students won the visit for their efforts in Fuel Up to Play 60’s Activity Scavenger Hunt Challenge, which encouraged students to grab a camera, their friends and even their school faculty to complete a list of activities to get everyone up and moving.
The day of the visit, all of West Fargo High was buzzing with excitement and couldn’t wait to meet an NFL pro. With an introduction from dairy farmer Rita Mosset, Gerhart spoke with over 400 students, thanking them for their leadership and interest in Fuel Up to Play 60, and encouraging them to continue to strive to make a difference in their school. Several local news outlets also stopped by to cover Gerhart’s visit, including the Fargo Forum, who couldn’t help but point out the irony that West Fargo High School’s team name is ‘The Packers.’
Gerhart even shared some of his own healthy habits with the students, like making sure to always eat breakfast. According to Gerhart, “Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.” He also reinforced the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including 60 minutes of physical activity every day, followed by a glass of chocolate milk.
During the presentation, students were able to ask Gerhart questions, including, “What is your favorite dairy food?” (Greek yogurt), and “How do you unwind after a game?” (try not to think about football too much!). Gerhart also encouraged all the students to sign the Fuel Up To Play 60 pledge.
During the visit Gerhart took time to autograph Certificates of Participation for each of the Fuel Up To Play 60 student team members and took group pictures with the students.
It was an inspiring day all around. Leah Swedberg, one of West Fargo High School’s Fuel Up To Play 60 Program Advisors, was thankful for the recognition of West Fargo High School’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
“I think it gives validity to the organization that we have here at the school,” said Swedberg.