Students from the area rewarded for their efforts to eat healthy, be physically active

30 schools represented at Fuel Up to Play 60 Rewards Training Camp

Thirty teams of elementary, middle and high school students from throughout Minnesota gathered April 30 for a nutrition and NFL-themed training camp on the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome’s Mall of America Field, as a reward for their efforts to eat healthy foods and stay active.

These students from Osseo Junior High were just some of the area students that participated in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Rewards Training Camp at the Mall of America Field.

These students from Osseo Junior High were just some of the area students that participated in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Rewards Training Camp at the Mall of America Field.

The student teams earned invitations to the Fuel Up to Play 60 Reward Training Camp by actively engaging in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and encouraging their peers to make healthier choices and commit to at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the NFL in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.

The area teams that attended the camp represented the following schools: Basswood Elementary, Elm Creek Elementary and Rice Lake Elementary in Maple Grove, as well as Osseo Junior High in Osseo.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 is in nearly 73,000 schools across the nation to teach our youth the importance of eating healthy and being physically active, and do it in a way that is fun and motivating,” said Melissa Young, director of health and wellness for Midwest Dairy Council. “The student teams that participated in the training camp serve as role models for their peers.”

Students partook in a variety of nutrition and physical activity sessions including: breakfast and lunch tray relays, a series of authentic pre-game warm-up football drills, poster-making and brainstorming sessions, and tours of the Metrodome locker room facilities. The students also interacted with Viktor the Vikings’ mascot, Princess Kay of the Milky Way Christine Reitsma, and heard presentations from Minnesota dairy farmer Kristine Spadgenske, Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador for Minnesota Kylie Kasprick, Matt Moore and Greg Ulrich, Minnesota’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors of the Year, and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, who explained how healthy eating and staying active helped prepare him for a career in the NFL.

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