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Fuel Up to Play 60 comes to SV Elementary

Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Advisory Team members are: Dylan Bosshart, Lauren Johnson, Kenny Fesenmaier, Lydia Wittmer, Madison Maier, Bo Crownhart, Katherine Dieckman, Riley Merth, Sandy Bune, Colton Kotval, Kari Hybben and Hunter White, along with Ms. Gould - Play 60 Program Advisor, Mrs. Sowatzke - Elementary Nutrition Advisor, and Mr. Lasure - Principal.1 / 5
Rita Houser from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Beth Ingli from the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and Kristina Schoh from Courtesy Corporation, McDonald's.2 / 5
Jessica Wildner and Jasmine Ortner had stickers on their foreheads saying: "I tried it! I liked it!," referring to healthy snacks taste testing.3 / 5
Students with posters are Sam Miller, Raeann Traynor, Conner Erickson and Taylor Traynor.4 / 5
Cheese curds and yogurt parfaits are tried by Carter Deppa, Carter Merth and Santana Schlegel.  -- Photos submitted5 / 5

SPRING VALLEY--Excitement erupted in the Spring Valley Elementary School Gym at the start of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Pep Rally Plus.

Lights were flashing while the theme song to "Rocky" was playing as performers entered the gym giving high fives to students, teachers and guests.  

During the pep rally, there were students performing sit-ups, push-ups, rope jumping, throwing and catching footballs, and using hula hoops. There were student speakers sharing information about Fuel Up to Play 60.

Play 60 is a commitment to healthy eating and at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Fuel Up to Play 60 has the support of many organizations: The National Dairy Council, The National Football League, also The U.S. Department of Agriculture and The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, along with many others. With this program, participants will find all the tools and resources they need to make a real difference in the health of their school.

--A Vision for America's Youth: The long-term goal of Fuel Up to Play 60 is to engage and inspire youth to take control of their health and wellness. Healthy eating and physical activity can help their learning and academic achievement - which is important now and in the future!

--The Ultimate Goal: This program engages students to work with adults to make school-related changes leading to increased access to appealing, nutrient-rich foods and opportunities for physical activity. Research shows well-nourished kids tend to be better students, have stronger academic achievement and better test scores, and numerous studies show physical activity has been found to support learning. The bottom line is Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program designed to help participants improve the health, achievement and long-term well-being of every student in their school.

Spring Valley Elementary School was very fortunate to have three special guests join in the event. Rita Houser from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has helped the school get started with Play 60. Beth Ingli from the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery donated cheese curds for everyone in the school for a healthy snack. Kristina Schoh from Courtesy Corporation McDonald's donated fruit and yogurt parfaits for a healthy snack. School officials express appreciation for the generous donations and for spending time with the students during the event.

Each class made a poster to display at the pep rally. They were awesome! After the pep rally, there was the chance to enjoy the wonderful snacks. Then, students spent the rest of the afternoon outside being physically active and playing in the snow.