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March 10, 2011

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Kansas City Chiefs Safety, #47 Jon McGraw, will visit Ridgeview Elementary in Olathe, Kansas on Friday, March 11 from 9:15 to 10 a.m. to reward students for their success with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and motivate them to continue to make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves while working to make their school a healthier place.

More than 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Launched by National Dairy Council, local dairy councils and the National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Multiple health organizations and several major corporations are also supporting Fuel Up to Play 60, now in its second year. In Kansas City, Fuel Up to Play 60 is provided by Midwest Dairy Council and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The students at Ridgeview Elementary, with the guidance of Fuel Up To Play 60 Program Advisor and Physical Education teacher Wendy Scholten, have been busy implementing Fuel Up to Play 60 healthy eating and physical activity “plays.”  The Fuel Up to Play 60 student team completed a Family Fitness Night and has scored many other touchdowns throughout the year – from a Milk Mustache Booth in the cafeteria to Fitness (not fire) Drills in the classroom.

McGraw has been with the NFL for nine years, including 4 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was born in Manhattan, Kansas and played at Kansas State University. He enjoys working with youth.

“We’re excited that Fuel Up to Play 60 has given kids an opportunity to take control of their own health and make their school environments healthier by eating right, getting daily physical activity and encouraging their friends to do the same,” says Bridget Sheehan, a registered dietitian with Midwest Dairy Council. “Fuel Up to Play 60 makes adopting healthy habits fun and exciting while helping youth make a difference in their schools.”

Fuel Up to Play 60 responds to real-world needs in today’s schools with wellness tools that complement – not compete with – the academics-focused environment.  The program’s design allows youth and schools to determine which tools and resources best help to meet each school’s wellness goals and features easy enrollment, and step-by-step guidance.  For more information about Fuel Up to Play 60, visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com.


Midwest Dairy Council®, an affiliate of National Dairy Council, is the nutrition education division of Midwest Dairy Association. The Council is dedicated to dairy nutrition research and education through the investment of more than 11,000 dairy farm families across 10 Midwestern states, and is committed to child health and wellness through our collaborative program, Fuel Up to Play 60. For more information, visit www.midwestdairy.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy.

Jon McGraw’s appearance was scheduled by NFL PLAYERS, the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association.


Kathleen Cuddy

Midwest Dairy Association

Office: 913.319.7234
Mobile: 816.304.3578

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