Students to attend nutrition, NFL-like training camp

Thirty teams of elementary, middle and high school students from throughout Minnesota, including Coon Rapids and Northdale middle schools, will gather for a nutrition and NFL-themed training camp at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome to reward their efforts to eat healthy foods and stay active.

The student teams earned invitations to the April 30 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.

“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.

“Student teams participating in the training camp serve as role models for their peers.”

Students will participate 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 will interact with Viktor, the Vikings’ mascot, and hear presentations from Kristine Spadgenske, a Minnesota dairy farmer, and Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings quarterback, who will explain how healthy eating and staying active helped prepare him for a career in the NFL.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.

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