On December 8 four 5th and 6th grade students traveled to Lambeau Field in Green Bay for the Packers football game against the Atlanta Falcons. They were accompanied by middle school physical education teacher David O’Keefe and health teacher Molly Koslowski. Kyle Dollak, Opal Lawrence, Ferris Wolf, and Lexi Kulow earned tickets to the game by achieving the highest number of points in the school’s NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Program. Through Fuel Up to Play 60, students pledge 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!
For the past two months 5th and 6th grade students have been earning points by choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day. They record their activity level and healthy eating habits on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. They have also participated in activities at school like the Cheesehead Punt, Pass, and Kick event. During this event they were actively punting, passing and kicking cheeseheads and enjoyed an ice cold chocolate milk to quench their thirst. Also, during the month of November students enjoyed healthy smoothies every Friday before school. Winners of the cheesehead punt, pass, and kick were: 5th grader Kaden Wuebben, 6th grader Cayden Welter, and 6th grader Michaela McFall.
According to O’Keefe, one student from each state is also entered into a drawing for a personalized NFL jersey. The lucky winner for the State of Wisconsin was Jackson Hegge, a 5th grader at DeForest Middle School. “The Fuel Up To Play 60 Program will be doing more activities throughout the school year to bring attention to healthy and nutritious foods and staying physically active,” said O’Keefe.