Nov. 21, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern and the Midwest Dairy Council are joining forces to lead a Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) pilot program during the 2013-14 academic year. FUTP 60, the flagship program of the GENYOUth Foundation, aims to educate schools on the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school wellness program that was launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL), with support from the USDA. In Illinois, the schools are supported by the Midwest Dairy Council, the Chicago Bears and, now, the Northwestern Wildcats. FUTP 60 simply encourages young students to eat nutrient-rich foods such as low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to be active for 60 minutes each day.
Northwestern student-athletes have fostered relationships with several local schools to ignite the program. Several Wildcats who have already paid visits to Fuel Up to Play 60 schools this fall, including: Jack Quigley (baseball), Kate Ivory (lacrosse), Jennifer Korn (women's soccer), Valerie Nubbe (women's swimming) and Tina Umanskiy (fencing). The student-athletes have undergone extensive training so that they can serve as positive role models for the youngsters.
"Northwestern Athletics is honored to be involved with such an established program in Fuel Up to Play 60," said Assistant Director of Athletics Maureen Palchak. "The message of eating healthy and being active is such an important one and Fuel Up to Play 60 makes it so much fun for the school aged kids and our student-athletes. We're thrilled to be involved in this very important initiative."
Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell serve together on the Board of Directors for GENYOUth. GENYOUth is on a mission to inspire and educate youth to improve their nutrition and increase physical activity, and believes youth must lead the way.
Check out the Fuel Up to Play 60 video below featuring former Northwestern standout, and current Chicago Bears defensive lineman, Corey Wootton and then Make YOUR Move!
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