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Fuel Up to Play 60 honored students at West Wortham Middle School

By Annie Hills

Photos from the Fuel Up to Play 60 celebration at West Wortham Elementary and Middle School on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Photos by Katie Krajcer. New Orleans Saints photos.

Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) teamed up with the New Orleans Saints to honor West Wortham Middle School students and Mississippi student ambassador Kimberly Payne for their hard work and dedication to the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign during the 2014-2015 season Tuesday.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school, including being active for at least 60 minutes every day and consuming nutrient-rich foods.

Payne was nominated and chosen to represent the state of Mississippi as the student ambassador for the 2014-2015 season. She was selected based on her hard work, her dedication to the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign mission and for the points she logged on her Fuel Up to Play 60 dashboard. Being a student ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60 means leading healthy changes in one's school and encouraging others to stay healthy and active.

While Payne is the student ambassador for the state of Mississippi, there are also 42 other student ambassadors at West Wortham Middle School; which has 1,181 students enrolled. The 43 student ambassadors help the 388 total students enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program from West Wortham Middle School.

Those present at the celebration included: representatives from the New Orleans Saints, Fuel Up to Play 60 MVP Michael Lewis, Dairy Farmers of Mississippi representative April Harris, SUDIA representatives Cathi DeVeer and Stephanie Yow and West Wortham Middle school coach Brian Lowery.

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