POTTSTOWN PA – Pennsylvania last year made less progress than some experts hoped in the national battle against childhood obesity, but Pottsgrove Middle School students successfully gained ground in keeping off the pounds and staying healthier, physical education teacher Marilyn Eaton told the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors on Tuesday (Sept. 10, 2013).
Eaton said the Middle School last Friday (Sept. 6) launched its fifth consecutive year of participation in the “Fuel Up To Play 60″ health and fitness program with a school assembly that featured a visit from Swoop, the Philadelphia Eagle mascot, and several of the team’s cheerleaders. Fuel Up is jointly sponsored by the National Football League and National Dairy Council.
The program intends to encourage middle schoolers to keep active with 60 minutes of exercise and play daily, and to fuel up on nutrient-rich foods – like low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins – often missing from their diets.
The more than 800 students who occupy the North Hanover Street school whooped and watched Friday as Swoop supervised a tug-of-war between a group of their peers and school staff members, showed off their best moves in a dance competition, and gulped their way through a milk chugging contest. Eaton offered highlights on a short video for school board members.
“The Middle School has totally embraced the program,” she said, and been recognized for its health promotion efforts on both the state and national levels. “The best part is, I just sit back and let my kids do everything,” she said of students’ enthusiasm.
One of Swoop’s parting duties Friday was to give students a 2012-2013 academic year banner marking Pottsgrove Middle as one of the national effort’s “Touchdown Schools.” She publicly thanked former Middle School Principal Bill Ziegler, and current Principal David Ramage for encouragement “that allowed us to take this program to the next level,” and two students presented the banner to them.
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