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Students recognized for their commitment to health and wellness by Western Dairy

Courtesy of Western Dairy

On Nov. 15, students from schools from across Colorado gathered at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the annual Fuel Up to Play 60 Fuel Greatness Touchdown Celebration.

The Fuel Greatness Touchdown Celebration recognizes stand-out Fuel Up to Play 60 schools with the Touchdown School Award. The schools who reach "touchdown status" demonstrate their commitment to school health and wellness by completing all six steps of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a dairy farmer-funded health and wellness program that encourages students to choose healthy food options and participate in a physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day. The program is student-led and is known for producing student leaders who make a difference in their schools and communities. It is implemented locally by Western Dairy Association and the Denver Broncos.

During the event at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Dennis Moore, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Denver Broncos addressed the Fuel Up to Play 60 touchdown schools and congratulated them on behalf of the Denver Broncos.

"We cherish you for what you're doing each and every day to not only make yourselves healthy, but by being leaders and a positive influence in your schools," Moore said. "We think that our organization, through our partnership with Western Dairy, can make a positive influence on how you live your life and that starts with making healthy decisions when you're young and have the ability to influence your peers."

Students met former Denver Bronco Ed McCaffrey, posed for photos with Miles the Denver Broncos Mascot, danced with Denver Broncos cheerleaders, learned how to milk a cow, wrote thank you notes to Colorado's dairy farm families and received a tour of the field.

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"These students and program advisors worked hard all year to make positive changes in their schools through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program," said Tami Anderson, senior director of school health and wellness programs at Western Dairy. "It is our honor and privilege to recognize them for their hard work. I love watching them have a blast at this event every year — they earned it and deserve it."❖

The schools in Colorado that reached touchdown status in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program this year include:

Benjamin Eaton Elementary

Brentwood Middle

­Brush Middle

­Centennial Elementary

Christa Mcauliffe Elementary

Columbine Elementary

Columbine Hills Elementary

Dos Rios Elementary

Fairmount Elementary

Fitzmorris Elementary

Fort Lupton Middle

Franklin Middle

Frontier Elementary

Galeton Elementary

Giberson Elementary

Heath Middle

Hoff Elementary

Hudson Elementary

Lawrence Elementary

Leo Butler Elementary

Lone Star School

Lucile Erwin Middle

Merino Junior Senior High

Monfort Elementary

­Morey Middle

Morris Elementary

Ridgeview Elementary

Ryan Elementary

Sand Creek Elementary

Shelton Elementary

Skyview Middle

Stetson Elementary

Summit Elementary

Swanson Elementary

Thomson Elementary

­Wellington Junior High School