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Retired Kansas City Chief Will Shields Visits St. John School in Weston Students Rewarded for ‘Fuel Up to Play 60’ Success

WESTON (SNR) – Retired Kansas City Chief, Will Shields, visited St. John Nepomucene School in Weston Dec. 20 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 the National Dairy Council, local dairy councils and the National Football League, in collaboration with the 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 Weston, Fuel Up to Play 60 is provided by Midwest Dairy Council and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The students at St. John, with the guidance of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Nebraska Program Advisor of the Year, Linda Maly, have been busy implementing Fuel Up to Play 60 healthy eating and physical activity "plays" this fall.

Recently, students tasted more than 30 items in a salad with locally grown vegetables during the salad bar "try-out," and the Fuel Up to Play 60 student team challenged other students to bring healthy snacks and earn tickets for a jump rope drawing in October.

St. John School has received more than $5,000 worth of funding through Fuel Up to Play 60 in the past two years to support wellness activities for the students.

Will Shields retired with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007. He attended the University of Nebraska and played his entire NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. In his 14 seasons in the NFL, Shields never missed a game, and is widely considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history.

"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," said Caryn Kusleika, health and wellness program manager 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.

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