January 24, 2018
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Bath student to lead Healthy Changes in Schools throughout Maine

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Bath Middle School student Noa Sreden is pictured here with the portable XBox 360 Kinect Kiosk she and fellow classmate Ann Tolan won for their school during a nation-wide Fuel Up to Play 60 “Casting Call” Challenge in which the girls each submitted entries describing how the program has inspired fitness and better nutrition in their school. Sreden was recently recognized for her ongoing commitment to making healthy changes in schools and was chosen as the 2013-2014 Fuel Up to Play 60 State Ambassador. This summer she will travel to the Carolina Panthers NFL stadium in Charlotte, NC to attend the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors Summit.

BATH, Maine – Noa Sreden, a student at Bath Middle School, will serve as state ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created in partnership with the Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA.

Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages students to eat healthy, be active and make positive, healthy changes in their schools and communities.

“Noa has shown great enthusiasm toward Fuel Up to Play 60,” said Catherine Hoffmann, school nutrition programs manager for Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council, in a press release. “It will be wonderful to have someone with her initiative and dedication to the program to serve as a role model and spokesperson.”

State ambassadors lead the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Program, which engages youths directly as grassroots leaders to increase access to nutrient-rich foods and 60 minutes of physical activity at school. From smoothie stations to walking clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students create healthier school environments in nearly 73,000 schools nationwide. The program also encourages and recognizes schools and students with rewards, such as a trip to the Super Bowl, official NFL gear and NFL player appearances.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled for Noa,” says Diana Hixon, Fuel Up to Play 60 program adviser in Bath. “She has demonstrated a real commitment to wellness promotion here at Bath Middle School. Not only has she won individual Fuel Up to Play Challenges and prizes for the school, but also serves as a contributing writer for the Fuel Up to Play 60 blog — The Huddle — sharing her stories and tips about how to incorporate wellness activities into the school day. As president of the Student Council, Noa has incorporated student wellness into that role and has taken the lead in organizing and inspiring health promotion here at school. We can’t wait to see what she will do next year!”

Selected from a nationwide search that drew more than 1,000 applicants, these state ambassadors and national student ambassadors will have the opportunity to attend the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit in Charlotte, N.C. this summer, where they also will have the chance to meet NFL players and other inspirational public figures.

For more information about Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Student Ambassador Program, visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FuelUpToPlay60.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research with youth, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student challenges. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.

Designed to help tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations like the National Dairy Council. NFLPLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit NFLRush.com.

National Dairy Council® (NDC), the non-profit organization funded by the national dairy checkoff program, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media.