Andrew Gorton, a Maple Grove student, was selected as one of 54 students to serve as a State Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created in partnership with Midwest Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA. Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages students to eat healthy, be active and make positive, healthy changes in their schools and communities.
State Ambassadors, along with five National Ambassadors, lead the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Program, which engages youth directly as leaders to increase access to nutrient-rich foods and 60 minutes of physical activity at school. From smoothie stations to walking clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students create healthier school environments in nearly 73,000 schools nationwide. The program also encourages and recognizes schools and students with rewards, such as a trip to the Super Bowl, official NFL gear and NFL player appearances.
Selected from a nationwide search that drew more than 1,000 applicants, Andrew and other State and National Ambassadors recently returned from a four-day Student Ambassador Summit for Fuel Up to Play 60 in Charlotte, N.C. at Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. The annual Summit brought together Fuel Up to Play 60 student leaders and adult educators who are committed to improving their school and community by eating smart and staying active.
Andrew and the rest of the ambassadors had the opportunity to participate in football drills led by Carolina Panthers players Ben Hartsock, Steve Smith and Luke Kuechly. The popular NFL players also shared their advice on the importance of eating nutrient-rich foods and getting active every day. Ambassadors and Program Advisors also collaborated to create a unified declaration, which will guide their efforts in leading the program during the upcoming school year. These Ambassadors are now armed with essential leadership skills and resources to bring that declaration to life and enact healthy changes in their schools.
For more information about Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Student Ambassador Program, visit FuelUpToPlay60.com or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FuelUpToPlay60.