South Middle School Fuel Up to Play 60 Students Visit with the New York Giants

     On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, seven students from South Middle School’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program, along with SMS Family Nurse Practitioner and FUTP 60 Advisor Nancy Faust, Newburgh Enlarged City School District Director of Food Services Andy Calvano and Board of Education President Dawn Fucheck, attended a special youth summit held at the New York Giants’ MetLife Stadium sponsored by the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., in conjunction with Fuel Up to Play 60. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program focuses on teaching students about the importance of proper nutrition, which not only gives them healthy bodies, but also healthy minds.

     “The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council together with the New York Giants have partnered to promote nutrition education and increased physical fitness through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. We celebrate the Fuel Up to Play 60 program as it empowers students to make changes at their schools like adding healthier options to school menus and fuel up with the most important meal of the day: breakfast, and increase physical activity through the school day,” explained Florence Selin, DTR, SNS Consultant for Child Nutrition at the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc.

     Students began their day in the visitor locker-room, for a special meeting with Tara Ostrowe, MS, RD , a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, for the New York Giants. Ostrowe spoke to students about the importance of making healthy eating decisions. In addition, she guided them through a typical meal planning regimen for the players which keep their minds and bodies at peak performance both on and off the field. Student-volunteers also practiced making healthy food choices during simulated exercises.

     Following the visit to the locker-room, students toured the Legacy Club, a lounge area with historical memorabilia, and enjoyed a nutritious snack. Snacks included cheese, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, milk and fruit smoothies.

     Lastly, students and their advisors hit the turf and practiced with Giants’ trainers and staff members. They were also treated to a surprise visit from Giants’ Placekicker Lawrence Tynes and retired Giants’ Wide Receiver Amani Toomer.

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