Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Fuel Up to Play 60 with the Indianapolis Colts

by Wendy Schrepferman

January 01, 2014

Exercising daily and eating nutritious foods has several benefits. Ten area middle school students and their mentors experienced these benefits and more last month! They were selected to represent their schools at the Colts Play 60 Game on December 1st at Lucas Oil Stadium. After donning Play 60 Colts jerseys and stepping onto the field, they enjoyed watching the pre-game warm up while hanging out with Jeff Saturday on the sidelines. After being whisked away to welcome the players as they emerged from the tunnel, they stood center field and were personally introduced after the National Anthem. It was difficult to determine if the ear to ear smiles on the kids’ faces were a result of the high five from Andrew Luck or seeing themselves on the Jumbotron!

Over 1,700 schools in Indiana participate in the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. Schools are challenged to find new and creative ways to support the organization’s core mission of encouraging students to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Brownsburg West Middle School, Fishers Junior High School and, ironically, Mount Healthy Elementary School were represented at the game. Some of student-led projects included implementing a healthy grab and go breakfast program, sponsoring a “Taste Test A Rainbow” event to encourage students to sample healthy foods they would not normally eat, and hosting a health and fitness fair highlighting community members from the YMCA, police and fire departments and the Indiana Dairy and Nutrition Council.

Local schools interested in becoming involved with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program may visit the National Dairy Council’s website at www.fueluptoplay60.com.