On Tuesday, Jan. 14, heart pumping music and energy filled the gymnasium of Willow Creek Elementary as Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot, danced it up with students. The celebration marked the kick-off of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at Willow Creek.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a national program that encourages students to exercise for 60 minutes every day. Healthy nutrition is another aim of the program, along with a desire to impact the awareness of health in the community. The impact was definitively felt by the students, faculty, parents and community supporters who attended the event.
Fuel Up to Play 60 focuses on three areas: nutrition, physical activity and community/family. Nine students from the third, fourth and fifth grades were chosen to lead investigational teams in each of these areas. They worked with faculty advisor and kindergarten teacher, Susan Martina, who employed the help of parent volunteers. The teams examined areas where changes could be made at Willow Creek to advance healthy food choices, exercise and community awareness.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 program was founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It aligns with the Cherry Creek School District’s Comprehensive Wellness Strategy.
Posted February 10, 2014.