Coon Rapids students Fuel Up to Play for healthy choices

More than 150 Fuel Up to Play 60 student leaders and their advisers from 27 Minnesota schools, including Coon Rapids and Northdale middle schools, celebrated their year’s worth of accomplishments at Mall of America Field.

Students from Coon Rapids Middle School (above) and Northdale Middle School (below) celebrated a year’s worth of accomplishments at Mall of America Field April 23 at the Fuel Up for Play 60 program Training Day 2012 event. They are pictured with Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zuhurones and Viktor the Viking.

Students from Coon Rapids Middle School (above) and Northdale Middle School (below) celebrated a year’s worth of accomplishments at Mall of America Field April 23 at the Fuel Up for Play 60 program Training Day 2012 event. They are pictured with Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zuhurones and Viktor the Viking.

Students were encouraged to motivate their peers to get involved in the Midwest Dairy Council nutrition and exercise program, with help from Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones, Viktor the Vikings’ mascot, Minnesota Viking Asher Allen, former Minnesota Viking Matt Blair and WCCO-TV sports reporter Mike Max in a hands-on educational event.

Through Training Day 2012, the student leaders were asked to urge their peers to make healthier food choices and commit to 60 minutes of activity each day as part of Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The program, in which more than 70,000 schools nationwide and more than 1,250 schools across Minnesota are involved, encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

The students at Training Day 2012 took part in an on-field HOPSports physical activity session, ran through the Vikings ship and on to the field with Viktor the Viking and heard from Vikings cornerback Asher Allen, KFAN’s Chris Hawkey and WCCO’s Mike Max.

Throughout the day students visited interactive stations that included meeting a dairy farmer and milking a lifelike “cow,” competing in a nutrition trivia contest, brainstorming and sharing ideas among schools and creating posters to encourage classmates to participate in Fuel Up to Play 60 program during the 2012-2013 school year.

The invitation-only event featured students and schools selected for their performance and outstanding excellence in the program during the 2011-2012 academic year.

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