Press Release

Hichborn Middle School and teacher recognized for wellness program

AUGUSTA, Maine — Barbara Hamlin, physical education teacher at Hichborn Middle School in Howland, has been named Maine’s Fuel Up To Play 60 Program Adviser of the Year. Barb is part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, taking an active leadership role in encouraging students to get active, eat healthy and make a difference.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council, and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Nearly 73,000 schools are involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 nationwide.

Through the efforts of Program Advisors like Hamlin, schools across the country are encouraging youth to consume nutrient-dense foods (low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

“We’re excited to recognize Barb’s leadership. She has been a true wellness champion for her school and the Fuel Up To Play 60 program,” says Cheryl Beyeler, Executive Director, Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council.

According to Carol Marcinkus, Hichborn Middle School Principal, “Mrs. Hamlin’s goals are always to keep students engaged in being healthy. Fuel Up To Play 60 has been the perfect program to help her meet those goals. She’s involved the whole school in the program.”

In addition to engaging and empowering students to get involved in Fuel Up to Play 60, Program Advisors help their schools and students earn recognition, rewards and funding to support wellness initiatives in their schools. Any adult enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 can become a Program Advisor. To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors, visit http://school.fueluptoplay60.com/welcome/program-advisor.php).

For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60 or to sign up for the program, visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com or www.drinkmainemilk.org.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-dense foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

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 Association/Foundation, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.

National Dairy Council® (NDC) is the nutrition research, education and communications arm of Dairy Management Inc™. On behalf of U.S. dairy farmers, NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC is dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of consuming milk and milk products throughout a person’s lifespan. For more information, visit www.NationalDairyCouncil.org.

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