For the third year, Lincoln County Schools is participating in â€œFuel up to play 60,â€ an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Football League, National Dairy Council, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Byron Sackett, Director of Child Nutrition for Lincoln County Schools, briefed the Board of Education on the programâ€™s status during their Oct. 12 meeting.
â€œThe program is part of the NFLâ€™s â€˜movement for an active generation,â€™ â€ Sackett said.
â€œThe program encourages eating nutrient dense foods and working up to 60 minutes of physical activity every day.â€
The goal of the program is to increase the consumption of milk in schools by raising awareness of milkâ€™s health benefits.
This year, the initiative was kicked off at S. Ray Lowder Elementary school in conjunction with Nickelodeonâ€™s â€œBlack-Out Day.â€ One day per year, Nickelodeon does not broadcast its programs 12-3 p.m. to encourage kids to get outside and be active.
Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln pitched in to help with the event by paying for an appearance by Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers. Lincolnton High School football players also participated.
â€œYou would have thought the Carolina Panthers themselves had shown up at the school because the kids were equally excited to see the Wolves,â€ Sackett said.
Schools with the highest percentage increase of milk consumption during the contest will be eligible for monetary awards and a Carolina Panthers school pep rally. Students who drink milk at school will be entered into a weekly drawing for a chance to win Fuel up to Play 60 merchandise. Two lucky students will win tickets to the Oct. 30 Carolina Panthers game along with VIP passes to lunch and field passes.
The contest began on Sept. 28 and will continue through Oct. 25.
MARTHA K. SEAGLE, Staff Writer