Photos of SUDIA/NFL Play 60 Saints junior training camp at Opelousas Catholic School with Fuel Up to Play 60 ambassador Michael Lewis on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Photos by Katie Krajcer. New Orleans Saints photos.
Southeast United Dairy Industry Association are recognizing the over 700 students at Bogalusa High as the overall winners for the high school level of the Saints Fuel Greatness Breakfast Challenge. New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell will speak to the students about making proper lifestyle and nutritional decisions. The event will begin at 10:00 am in Bogalusa High School's auditorium on Friday, May 19.
Ninety-eight schools throughout Louisiana participated in the breakfast challenge and Bogalusa High School had the highest percent increase in breakfast participation at 45 percent, as well as a 6 percent increase in milk consumption.
Hunger is an issue that many children struggle with each day and schools play a vital role in feeding those children. Statistics show that one-in-five students come to school hungry and do not receive the healthy foods they need to fight illness or concentrate in class, which leads to missed school days. New research shows that better nutrition, starting with nutrient-packed foods like low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, coupled with increased physical activity can lead to better academic achievement.
As winners of the Saints Fuel Greatness Breakfast Challenge, the school won a Saints-themed celebration. Bell, free safety for the New Orleans Saints after selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, as well as a Saints team mascot and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. will visit Bogulusa High School for a fun-filled event celebrating the students, good nutrition, and their eagerness to learn.
"We are excited about the partnership with the Saints and the opportunity to expand the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Louisiana schools," said Jennifer Duhon, Manager of School Health and Wellness with Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. "Healthy students are better students, which is what Fuel Up to Play 60 is all about. The program, launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, is focused on getting students to 'fuel up' with nutrient-rich foods like low-fat & fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to 'get up and play' for at least 60 minutes a day."
Good nutrition and physical activity help ensure a strong and high-achieving generation of youth. Access to nutritious, affordable food and 60 minutes of play a day will continue to help kids "fuel their greatness" inside and outside the classroom.