Detroit Student Selected to Attend National Summit and Lead Healthy Changes in Schools Throughout Michigan
Lenah Alghali, a local student from Detroit, was selected to serve as a State Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest health and wellness program created in partnership with United Dairy Industry of Michigan and the NFL, in cooperation with USDA. Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages students to eat healthy, be active and make positive, healthy changes in their schools and communities.
“These student leaders have already demonstrated such impressive leadership skills, and we can’t wait to add them to our larger team,” said Brianna Banka, MS, RDN, School Wellness Specialist with United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “These incredible students have shown a great passion for Fuel Up to Play 60, and we’re delighted that they’ve chosen to inspire their peers and communities to eat healthy and get active. I look forward to seeing everything they accomplish in the upcoming school year.”
State Ambassadors, along with four National Ambassadors, lead the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which engages youth 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 more than 73,000 schools nationwide. The program also encourages and recognizes schools and students with rewards, such as a trip to the Super Bowl, NFL merchandise and NFL player appearances.
Lenah is a seventh grader attending Christ the King Elementary School in Detroit. She has a passion for academics and takes leadership roles seriously in her school and community. She is involved in a lot of activities at her church where she helps seniors eat healthy. Serving on student council at Christ the King, she says, “ I love helping other students achieve their goals, it makes me feel proud. My mother is a Registered Dietitian and I emulate her by eating healthy and staying physically fit. My principle Mrs. Rosanne Jodway and my teacher Ms. Amanda Rajabzadeh have always supported students who want to make a difference in their community.” Through Fuel Up to Play 60, students in Michigan are able to eat healthy, stay active, and make a difference.
Selected from a nationwide search and extensive application process, these State Ambassadors along with National and School Ambassadors will have the opportunity to attend the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit in Chicago, Illinois this summer. The Summit provides Student Ambassadors the opportunity to meet their fellow leaders and help sculpt the program, which relies on the input and participation of students to grow and evolve. Students will also have the chance to meet NFL players and participate in exciting events including unique physical activities and an ultimate cook-off with their peers.