On August 12, 2014, New England Dairy & Food Council and the New England Patriots hosted more than 100 students and adult leaders from schools across New England at Gillette Stadium for the first local Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Summit. Among those students were three students from Colchester, VT, including Shea Barber and Catherine Jones, both 6th graders at CMS this fall, and Domenick Puttlitz, who will be at 5th grader at MBS.
Shea Barber was selected last May to be the Vermont State Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60. He and Catherine Jones were among a group of students who began using the program in a student leadership committee at MBS last year. They move to CMS this fall where they look forward to continuing their work in student wellness. Domenick Puttlitz will continue the Fuel Up to Play program at MBS.
The summit was a day of interactive workshops, exciting games and motivating sessions for these outstanding students and adult leaders to help them kick off a healthy school year ahead. Students were selected to attend due to their leadership skills and dedication to improving school wellness through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Students had the opportunity to meet with inspiring role models including former NE Patriots players Jermaine Wiggins and Pete Brock, NE Patriots Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Harold Nash, and Massachusetts dairy farmer Mark Duffy from Great Brook Farm State Park. The speakers encouraged the students to eat healthy and to be active every day at school and to lead their peers to do the same.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.