MADISON (WKOW) -- The national Fuel Up to Play 60 program was initiated in 2009 to get kids active and eat healthy, and several Wisconsin schools are getting involved.
Since joining the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, Huntley Elementary School in Appleton has enjoyed many benefits of being a participant.
"Fuel Up to Play 60 offers a lot of incentives, and I think those incentives really do encourage kids to participate and want to be involved. I think we started our program really with a small group of kids and now we have sixty kids that meet in our group on a regular basis," said Jill Rushkofske, Wisconsin State Program Advisor.
Students at Huntley have had the pleasure of getting to meet Packers players, visiting the Hutson Center in Green Bay to practice football drills, and getting the community involved with program activities as well.
"The Fuel Up to Play 60 program really changed me because I feel like I have a more positive attitude towards exercising and eating healthy. And I can encourage more people," said Grace Molter, a sixth grader in Appleton.
Grace was recently named the Wisconsin State Student Ambassador for the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, and she's taking her leadership role seriously by attending the Student Ambassador Summit in North Carolina.
Jill was named the Wisconsin State Program Advisor for 2013, and says the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program has benefited staff by providing easy ways to encourage healthy behaviors by fueling up with low-fat dairy products, fruits and vegetables.
"We need to target them right now and keep going after them each year, and again, offer them foods that are healthy and let them try them at school," said Rushkofske.
Huntley Elementary also encourages parents, siblings and staff to participate in activities by sponsoring a weekly after school running club.
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