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Fuel Up to Play 60 Gives Incentives to Kids to Make Healthy Choices

SPRINGDALE -- In a world full of distractions, often times making healthy choices for kids can be a struggle. One program is making it a little easier by making it more like a game. Incentives

In a world full of distractions, often times making healthy choices for kids can be a struggle. One program is making it a little easier by making it more like a game.

Students from eight schools in the region, making their way to The Jones Center, celebrating a year of healthy living with the NFL.

"We want to influence them while they're young," Lori Dather, registered dietitian and Health and Wellness Program Manager for Midwest Dairy Council said.

"Fuel Up to Play 60" gives point values to different activities like logging your exercise or teaching others about nutrition.

It was launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL back in 2009. Springdale Schools were a part of the pilot program.

"Anything to really engage the community and engage their fellow students is something they really can earn a lot of points for," Dather said.

Those points earn students reward days, like the one on Tuesday.

From playing football with former NFL player, Geneo Riley, to battling classmates in nutrition knowledge and meeting former Razorback and current Chicago Bears player Jerry Franklin, the incentive helps make healthy choices easier.

"I think it's just hard right now with the technology age to really have kids, in the forefront of their mind, hey you know what I need to eat healthy, I need to make good choices, and I also need to be active 60 minutes a day and it's really a challenge for kids," she said.

All a school needs to participate is an adult leader.

"Cause the kids will take this program and they will run with it, because it's a very engaging program, it's an exciting program," Dather said.

More than 73,000 schools are participating nationwide, if you think your school should join in, click here.



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