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Gateway Elementary School competition winners

Van Buren -

AUGUSTA -  Gateway Elementary School was selected as the state winner of a nationwide online competition. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a national program developed by National Dairy Council, The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council and the National Football League that centers on helping youth make their schools healthier.

While recently there has been a national focus on eliminating child obesity throughout the country, Gateway Elementary School in Van Buren has shown that focusing on small, realistic improvements can be the first step toward that goal. Students in grades 5-8 tracked their healthy eating and physical activity behaviors online every day, earning points and making them the highest-scoring school from Maine in the competition.

As a national school wellness program, Fuel Up to Play 60 is working with youth, schools and communities to offer actionable solutions to the child obesity epidemic and help youth develop positive life-long healthy eating and daily physical activity habits. As a private-public partnership effort at both the national level and in Maine, Fuel Up to Play 60 shares the ambitious yet attainable goals outlined in First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity platform “Let’s Move!” which aims to curb child obesity within a generation. Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to make changes at their schools that will help them “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods often missing from their diets – such as low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains – and “play” for 60 minutes of physical activity a day.b site to facilitate positive changes in the school environment.

“We’re proud and excited that Gateway Elementary School has won the Fuel Up to Play 60 competition. This program allows youth to really take action for their health and work towards making their school environment an even healthier place. We’re also ensuring that as a community we’re making long-lasting changes that will impact children’s health for their lifetime,” said Sarah Platt, registered dietitian with the Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council.

To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 or to sign up for the 2010-2011 program visit: FuelUptoPlay60.com or drinkmainemilk.org .

For More Information:

Contact Name: Catherine Hoffmann

Telephone Number: 207-287-3621

Website: http://

Email: catherine@drinkmainemilk.org