From the cafeteria to the playground, the classroom and in between, dairy has a vital role in schools across Oregon. At the end of June, Crista Hawkins was announced as Director of School Programs for ODNC. In this role, she is responsible for school health and wellness partnerships and programs like Fuel Up to Play 60.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Oregon, that program is now well received by hundreds of schools and school districts throughout the state. Recent school activities that ODNC arranged have involved current and past NFL players including Kellen Clemens, Joey Harrington and Anthony Newman.
“All kinds of activities are possible when you eat healthy,” said Crista. “I love working with Fuel Up to Play 60 to inspire wellness.”
Crista has managed Oregon’s additional school efforts including culinary trainings, school wellness awards, farm tours and more. Most recently, she attended the School Nutrition Association national conference in San Antonio, where she presented materials and information about ODNC programs to attendees.
For more information about how to bring Fuel Up to Play 60 into your local schools, contact Crista Hawkins at 971-673-2725.
He’s a quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and a homegrown success story that goes back to setting records at Burns High School and playing for the University of Oregon. Kellen Clemens was welcomed back to his eastern Oregon roots for a special assembly at Ontario High School on Wednesday, April 13, to talk about the importance of nutrition, exercise and teamwork.
Clemens spoke to the entire student body at a special assembly about youth wellness and stayed for a question and answer session following the presentation. After providing an overview of his background, he addressed the importance of healthy eating and being physically active. He also talked about the value of teamwork, giving thanks and service to others.
While at the school, Clemens met with Superintendent Nicole Albisu, Principal Andy Kovach, Ontario High School students, members of the faculty and school board, representatives from the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and other invited guests. He talked with community and student leaders, visited a P.E. class, signed autographs and offered photo opportunities.
The appearance was made possible by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program – an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Inspired and led by youth, it empowers students to eat healthy, be active and make positive changes in their schools and communities.