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Pictured from left: Front Row – First Lady Betsy Dalrymple; Gov. Dalrymple; Sue Milender, Fuel Up to Play 60 state program advisor of the year from Valley City Junior/Senior High School; Joyal Meyer, director of coordinated school health; Back row – Char Heer, Midwest Dairy Council; Doug Goehring, agriculture commissioner; Rachael Rott, North Dakota dairy princess; Beth Beckers and Trevor Bakalar, Fuel Up to Play State program advisors of the year from Valley City Jr./Sr. High School; Dr. Wayne Sanstead, state superintendent from Department of Public Instruction; Bailey Joy Aaneson and Logan Ahern, Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors.
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Governor Jack Dalrymple Joins Students, Program Advisors, North Dakota Dairy Princess and Dairy Farmers to Pledge Support of Fuel Up to Play 60 and School Wellness Initiatives
BISMARCK, N.D. – Today, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple pledged his support to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, an in-school health and wellness program that encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The Governor joined Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring; Superintendent Dr. Wayne Sanstead from the Department of Public Instruction; Director of Coordinated School Health, Joyal Meyer; students from Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center in West Fargo, N.D.; program advisors from Valley City Junior/Senior High School in Valley City, N.D.; North Dakota dairy farmers; the North Dakota dairy princess; and members of Midwest Dairy Council to sign the symbolic pledge.
At the pledge signing, the Governor praised the progress achieved to date by North Dakota students and indicated the program is a positive next step toward helping North Dakota students achieve pathways to better nutrition and fitness for life. “Fuel Up to Play 60 is a valuable in-school program that makes kids’ health and wellness as important as the ABC’s,” said Governor Dalrymple. “The program is designed to instill in our young people the benefits of leading healthy lives and to empower them to make good lifestyle decisions.”
Launched by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, with additional partnership support from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fuel Up to Play 60 has motivated more than eight million students in 70,000 schools nationwide, including more than 87,500 students in North Dakota, to be healthy, get active and make a difference. Today, about 320 schools across North Dakota are designated Fuel Up to Play 60 Schools.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is a direct response to dairy farmers’ concerns that many children in North Dakota are overweight and undernourished. “As dairy farmers, we have always cared about legacy and the importance of passing on a better future to the next generation,” said dairy farmer Jerry Messer of Richardton, N.D. “To date, the dairy community has awarded more than $30,000 in funding to North Dakota schools to help jumpstart and champion school wellness efforts.”
Any school in North Dakota can enroll in the free program, thus becoming eligible to apply for funds to help increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. As part of Fuel Up to Play 60, schools can receive a free Quick Start Resources kit with planning tools and in-school collateral materials to help them implement healthy eating and physical fitness plans. The program, now in its second year, also encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are sustainable and to provide children with more opportunities to be physically active and choose nutrient-rich foods.
“I take pride in my involvement with our school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and assisting our school as we move towards making healthier lifestyle choices. Through our team’s role modeling and involvement in activities, programs, and contests we have helped our school grow into a healthier environment by giving kids more options on how to stay healthy and active throughout their whole life. I thank Governor Dalrymple for recognizing and supporting what Fuel Up to Play 60 has to offer and the benefits this program has on our future generation.” said Trevor Bakalar, a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor at Valley City Jr./Sr. High School in Valley City, N.D.
To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60, visit FuelUpToPlay60.com or MidwestDairy.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 9,500 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.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support
from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research with youth, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student challenges. 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 FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.
Designed to help tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations, like the NDC. NFLPLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit NFLRush.com.©
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National Dairy Council® (NDC) is the nutrition research, education and communications arm of Dairy Management Inc™. On behalf of U.S. dairy farmers, NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC is dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of consuming milk and milk products throughout a person’s lifespan. For more information, visit NationalDairyCouncil.org.
Pictured: Bailey Joy Aaneson and Logan Ahern, students at Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center in West Fargo, N.D.
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Pictured from left: Dr. Wayne Sanstead; Jerry Messer, dairy farmer from Richardton, N.D.; Rachael Rott; Gov. Dalrymple; First Lady Betsy Dalrymple; Doug Goehring and Terry Entzminger, dairy farmer from Jamestown, N.D.
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Pictured from left: Trevor Bakalar; Bailey Joy Aaneson, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, Gov. Dalrymple, Logan Ahern, Dr. Wayne Sanstead, Beth Beckers and Sue Milender.
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Gov. Dalrymple and First Lady Betzy Dalrymple with Char Heer, Health and Wellness Program Manager with Midwest Dairy Council.
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