On Sept. 10, Huffman ISD kicked off Fuel Up to Play 60, a nationwide program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, with Back to Football Friday. The program encourages students to commit to healthy eating and 60 minutes of physical activity every day with contests, activities and tools to raise awareness. In the Back to Football Friday contest, students competed with other schools for a chance to be named one of the NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools and receive a visit from an NFL player as well as win a $10,000 health and wellness grant to expand the school’s healthy eating program. “We’re competing to be one of the 34 schools to receive a $10,000 grant,” said School Nutrition Manager Cherel Boccia. “The kids will write essays and we’ll send in a video and photos.” On Back to Football Friday, from Sept. 10 – 17, districts across the country are encouraged to wear their favorite NFL jersey and show support for the program. The 34 districts who can demonstrate they have the most pride and support for the program with photos, essays and a video of the event will win the grant. The event at Huffman Middle School was celebrated with costumes, healthy food and football pride. Three students promoted healthy eating dressed as grapes and Elsie the Cow while the rest dressed in their favorite football jerseys. Students wearing costumes include Jack Kenney dressed as Elsie the Cow, Kayleigh Patton dressed as the purple grapes and Kayla Byerley dressed as green grapes. Produce vendor BJ Nix from Third Coast Fresh provided the students with a sampling of starfruit, jicama, sweet potato slices and fresh beets. Many students had never tried starfruit or jicama before, which Boccia describes as mix between an apple and a potato. Boccia said the event last year brought in many grants and prizes, and she expects this year’s event to do the same. “Last year we received $800 in grants as well as a visit from Toro, the Houston Texans mascot,” said Boccia. “We won the video contest, which resulted in $1,000 in Academy gift cards as well as a trip to Reliant Stadium for a pizza party and a tour.” For more information about Fuel Up to Play 60, visit www.fueluptoplay60.com. Photo: (Students wearing costumes include Jack Kenney dressed as Elsie the Cow, Kayleigh Patton dressed as the purple grapes and Kayla Byerley dressed as green grapes.) Students participate in Fuel Up to Play 60 for a chance to win a $10,000 grant to expand the Huffman Middle School’s healthy eating program.

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