Fuel Up To Play 60 State Ambassador Noah C. and Program Advisor Elizabeth ‘Bet’ Howrigan from Fairfield Center School in Fairfield, Vermont shared stories with attendees at the Youth-Nex Physical Health & Well-Being Conference 2013 about how the program has helped make their school a healthier place.
Bet Howrigan, a dairy farmer and 4/5th grade teacher, was excited to talk about how she started Fuel Up To Play 60 at her school. “This program is a natural fit to two of the things I’ve always thought to be overlooked in a child’s well-rounded education—making good nutrition choices and physical activity during the day. I was bound and determined to make it happen,” said Howrigan.
In the first year, Bet worked with the school nurse, physical education teacher, school administrators and students to build a strong team to help launch the program. By the next school year, 100 percent of the school was involved in the program but she credits the dedicated team of students and teachers who helped the program grow and evolve. Lately, their program has grown outside of the classroom and started partnering with organizations and businesses in the community.
Bet says of the program, “Fuel Up To Play 60 is successful because it empowers the students to make the changes they feel are necessary for their school.”
Vermont State Ambassador, Noah C. was on hand to talk about his experience with the program and why it’s so important to his school.
“The reason I personally wanted to get involved in Fuel Up To Play 60 is because I saw older team members being leaders…and saw that I can make a change in my school’s healthy eating and activity level,” said Noah.
Noah and Bet are quite the team to say the least. A few of their big accomplishment include implementing a Grab-and-Go Breakfast, the Before School Get Up & Get Moving Program and hosting taste tests events where kids get to try new, nutritional foods.
Check out the video of Noah and Bet’s presentation to learn more about the great strides at Fairfield Center School or visit the Youth-Nex Physical Health & Well-Being Conference 2013 site to learn more about the topics covered at the conference.