Area students Fuel Up and Play at FedEx Field
LANDOVER, Md. (ABC7) —
More than a hundred area students came to FedEx Field on November 29, where they enjoyed music, movement, food and fun. It was a chance to fuel up then train hard.
Emcee Gia Peppers explained, "The kids today who are here are actually Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors. They're going to take the pledge to be leaders in their school to tell everyone, 'Hey guys, let's go outside. Let's have fun. Let's have yogurt and smoothies. Let's not just have chips all the time.'"
The Fuel Up to Play 60 training camp is a partnership between the American Dairy Association Northeast and the Washington Redskins. The goal is to improve health as well as academic success.
Former Redskin Brian Mitchell told ABC7 News, "It started off as Play 60; telling kids to get out and move around 60 minutes a day. But then you have to also incorporate the eating aspects to make sure they have the proper nutrients in their body."
For a chance to win a $500 prize, students were challenged to devise ways to increase access to nutritious foods and fitness at their schools.
"My group said that we had a garden and we would have a shelf where we would put all the fruits we planted," 9-year-old Joshua Mutina shared.
Fifth Grader Kenzie Kapsiak had a message for her classmates, "I hope everybody else can eat healthier and get more healthier."
The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is used in more than 73,000 schools across the country to inspire students to develop healthy habits.