Michigan Students Learn to Lead with a Purpose through Fuel Up to Play 60
On May 10th, the second Michigan Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit brought together 41 students and their Program Advisors to learn how to expand healthy, sustainable changes in their schools and communities.
Influential students making big differences in their schools had the amazing opportunity to spend the day at Ford Field for an engaging, day-long leadership training, where they developed the skills needed to be great role models for their peers across the state.
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Many Michigan-made leaders were invited to share their personal success stories and steps to achieving greatness with students. These leaders included:
- Hunter Gandee of “The Cerebral Palsy Swagger” and 2015 Sports Illustrated High School Athlete of the Year
- Kelvin Grant PhD, President of the Gratiot Country Farm Bureau
- Lisa Ludwinski, owner and Head Baker of Sister Pie
Being a Fuel Up to Play 60 event, students participating needed to get up and move! To practice what these students preach about recess before lunch, they ran through the tunnel onto Ford Field to “Play 60” with former Detroit Lions All-Pro Player Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions youth football coaches and even the Detroit Lions mascot, Roary!
Making sure students really worked up an appetite, activity continued as they climbed the stadium stairs to fuel up with a healthy tailgate-themed lunch featuring a variety of cheesy pizzas, salad-on-a-stick served with creamy yogurt dips, and delicious fruit salsa and cinnamon chips – all foods that follow school nutrition standards and were designed to inspire school menu changes.
After lunch Melissa Joy Dobbins, the “Guilt-Free” Registered Dietitian, helped students communicate their key messages about implementing healthy eating habits and physical activity initiatives through Fuel Up to Play 60.
Lastly, Demarra Gardner, Principal and Lead Consultant of Change Agent Consulting, empowered students to take what they learned and lead change in their own school environment.
This event was sponsored by the Detroit Lions, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University Extension and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.
Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school physical activity and nutrition program, boosts confidence of youth to work with key decision makers at their school to initiate healthy changes in nutrition and physical activity options. The National Dairy Council, the NFL and the USDA helped launch the program to encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.