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Summit Connects Agriculture, Healthy Eating and Learning

It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s a teacher flying through the air on a zip line.

The Northwest Regional Fuel Up to Play 60 Summit went to new heights on Monday, June 27, at Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park. On the first day of a two day summit, a unique mix of educational and agricultural leaders learned firsthand about the learning connection between physical activity and brain function while testing their own physical abilities.

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. Inspired and led by youth, it empowers students to eat healthy, be active and make positive changes in their schools and communities.

The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and Idaho Dairy Council invited leaders from schools and farms in both states who are committed to bettering the lives of students and learning ways of leveraging the proven benefits of improved learning through better diet and exercise. During the summit, they shared their Fuel Up to Play 60 experiences aimed at engaging and empowering youth to eat healthy and to be physically active at school, at home and in the community.

“This regional summit brought together school administrators, nutrition service directors, teachers, state partners and dairy farmers to increase everyone’s understanding of the connection between agriculture, healthy eating, physical activity and learning,” said Crista Hawkins, Manager of School Programs for Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. “We have so much to learn from one another.”

Cliff Garbett reflects on the regional Summit and Fuel Up to Play 60.

Pro Quarterback Kellen Clemens Promotes Youth Wellness in Ontario

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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.

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