On June 8th Vernon Center Middle School was honored for its efforts to be healthier as part of the “Fuel up to Play 60” program, and was visited by State Representative Tim Ackert (R- Coventry) and Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
“Fuel up to Play 60” is an in-school nutrition and physical education program, launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture. The program encourages students to be physically active for 60 minutes a day, and to “fuel up” with nutritious foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The program is sponsored locally by the New England Dairy and Food Council and the New England Patriots.
Representative Ackert presented the school with a citation to recognize them for their tremendous work and he encouraged them to continue pushing for improved nutrition and physical activity.
VCMS computer teacher Teresa Schmitt learned about the program while watching football, and with the help of fellow teachers Crystal Pierce and Monica Pacheco, helped organize a small group of students, who began working with the program’s website to make healthy changes at the school. The student body has since been making healthier choices and increasing their activity, while tracking their own progress.
For more information about the event read the Reminder story here.