Fuel Up To Play 60 kicks off at Middle School

Physical education teacher David O’Keefe; 6th graders Carolina Munoz (kneeling) and Ellie Michaels (kicking)

Physical education teacher David O’Keefe watch 6th graders Carolina Munoz (kneeling) and Ellie Michaels (kicking).

Physical Education teacher Dean Becker, and 6th grade student Leah Doucette

Physical Education teacher Dean Becker records score for 6th grade student Leah Doucette.

Students in 5th and 6th grade at DeForest Area Middle School kicked off their NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Program on Tuesday, October 8.  Through Fuel Up to Play 60, students are pledging to choose more nutritious foods (including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains), get 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and encourage their friends, family and entire school to join them – and have fun too!  Students on the Fuel Up To Play 60 Team enroll on line with help from their parents.  They earn points each time they enter their activity level and their healthy eating habits.  Students can win prizes, like a Packer player visit or game tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day.  Student team captains help establish healthy eating activities and physical activities throughout the school year.

The kick-off event, organized by physical education teachers Dean Becker, David O’Keefe, and Molly Koslowski, included a slightly different version of punt, pass, and kick – with a “cheese head”.  Associated Bank in Columbus donated the “cheese heads,” along with some prizes for students. Dean Foods donated “TruMoo” chocolate milk for every student.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school.

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