Thomas awarded opportunity for implement in-school program
Nearly a dozen Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors and coaches from across the state – including Dianne Thomas, Assistant Principal of Osseo Junior High School and Ann Kisch, Fuel Up to Play 60 Coach for the Osseo School District — joined former Minnesota Vikings player Ben Leber, Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones, and other dairy industry Health and Wellness team representatives at Vikings Training Camp Monday, Aug. 6. The program advisors were awarded the opportunity because of their work helping students implement Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL).
The group received a tour of a local dairy farm and learned about dairy farming from University of Minnesota veterinary professor Dr. John Fetrow. Program Advisors brainstormed ideas for increasing participation and enthusiasm for the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program in their schools. Following their dairy farm visit, the group observed a Minnesota Vikings Training Camp team practice that included commentary and insights from Leber, a former linebacker for the team.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by NDC and NFL, with additional partnership support from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. It is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.