Cotteral students Fuel Up to Play

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Fuel Up to Play 60 activated schools and communities to support school wellness initiatives, good nutrition and physical activity, which help educate students and curb obesity.

Physical Education teacher Jordan Hodge (left) and Assistant Principal Maranda Wilson (right) accept a $4000 check from Cathy James of the Logan County Extension Office.

In partnership with the National Dairy Council, Dairy MAX, and the National Football League (NFL), Cotteral Elementary and its students recruited friends, parents, teachers and business and community leaders to join them in pledging to adopt healthier behaviors, such as choosing foods encouraged by the United States Department of Agriculture, which has also joined the initiative, and committing to 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Cotteral Elementary targeted the more than 250 Kindergarten students with the Fuel Up to Play 60 lessons of eating healthy and playing for 60 minutes every day. The Kindergarteners started by signing the Fuel Up to Play 60 pledge which states “I will energize my body and mind by eating healthy. I will be active at least 60 minutes each day.”

“At school, we are in a unique position to influence the eating and physical activity habits of students,” says Jordan Hodge, Cotteral Physical Education Teacher. “We need community-wide support to help our students build positive, lifelong habits, and Fuel Up to Play 60 provides the healthy messages, resources and activities we need to get started.”

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