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University of Nebraska Athletes Get Involved with Fuel Up to Play 60

April 2016 | 0 comments

Wellness Corps, a Fuel Up to Play 60-affiliated program first piloted at Northwestern University in Illinois, is launching at the University of Nebraska. Wellness Corps connects university student-athletes with America’s youth to inspire them to embrace the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. It’s meant to inspire the next generation of healthy, fit and skilled leaders.

As part of the program, collegiate student-athletes connect with their local elementary and middle schools who are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. The student-athletes serve as health and wellness role models for students throughout the school.

Over the past several months the University of Nebraska, Lincoln Public Schools and Midwest Dairy Council have been working with about 45 student-athletes who have signed up for the program. They represent men’s basketball, football, women’s tennis and track and field and will engage with six selected schools in Lincoln throughout the spring semester.

The student-athletes have already given a video introduction of themselves and their team to the schools. Throughout the semester they will join their school to eat breakfast and talk about the importance of healthy eating, and help students create an in-class physical activity break video. As role models, we hope their mentorship will create lifelong dairy consumers.

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