Indiana’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador

By Mary Nicolson

Something new for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program this year is the addition of a Student Ambassador program.  Thirty-five State Representatives were selected via applications and a nomination process last spring.  Indiana was fortunate to be one of the states with a student ambassador and he is Greg More, a 7th –grader at Brownsburg West Middle School.

Electronic Billboard outside of the Indiana State Fair 2011

Even though school has barely started, Greg has been busy with Fuel Up to Play 60 activities.  In July, he and his Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor, Cassie Brooks, attended a Student Ambassador Summit in Washington, D.C. at the Newseum.  While there, Greg met other students from across the country who are involved in their schools and Fuel Up to Play 60.  He participated in team building and leadership exercises and had some practice learning how to talk to the media.

From L to R: Mary Nicholson, Dairy Council Rep; Cassie Brooks, FUTP60 Program Advisor; Greg More, FUTP60 Student Ambassador; fair goer.

In the shadow of the Dairy Bar at the Indiana State Fair, Greg and Cassie helped to promote Fuel Up to Play 60 while giving away drinkable and spoonable yogurts as examples of foods in the dairy group.  Dairy, along with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are considered to be “Food Groups to Encourage” as most people don’t consume enough of these nutrient-packed foods.  Even more recently, a reporter from the Indianapolis Star visited Brownsburg West Middle School to interview both Cassie and Greg.  He got a first-hand look at the school setting, the gym, the fitness room that had once been a closet, and Cassie’s classroom that had many nutrition and health related posters.  Cassie is one of two health and physical education teachers at the school, so she makes great use of time and resources to reach her students.

We’re looking forward to seeing many great things from Greg, Cassie, and all the healthy Bulldogs at Brownsburg West Middle School!

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