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Making a healthy pledge

Students join ‘Fuel up to play 60’

Sporting a milk moustache, Dan Flood Elementary School sixth-grader Allison Cosgrove signs a pledge to ‘Fuel up to play 60,’ during a program sponsored by the American Dairy Association, local dairy councils and the National Football League.

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WILKES-BARRE – Admittedly, the “milk moustaches” were fake stick-ons – all the better for clear photos, no doubt – but the promise is intended to be genuine: Students helping students eat well and stay active, with the obvious rewards of better health, more energy and a fitter lifestyle.

Children at Dan Flood Elementary School donned the moustaches and signed pledges Wednesday as part of “Fuel up to play 60,” a wellness program offered by the National Football League, the National Dairy Council and local dairy councils.

The program is offered at all district elementary buildings, district food service liaison Ann Etter said. The students devise two components that complement each other: nutrition and activity. They select a team that plans on some improvements to student eating – an “enhanced breakfast,” for example, Etter said – and some daily physical activity.

The title of the program comes from the goals: eating right so you can be active for at least 60 minutes a day.

Teams in each school can compete online with other schools on the local, state and national level, and win prizes that can include starring in a promotion spot with an NFL player and winning money for wellness programs in the school.

Of course, it also gets you on your feet and out of class for a spell during the kickoff event like the one held at the school Wednesday.

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