Woodland Park student honored at Broncos game

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Woodland Park Middle School student Ryan Kindt was recognized in front of thousands of people for his leadership in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program before last Sunday’s Denver Broncos game against the New England Patriots.

Fuel up to Play 60 encourages students to lead changes in their communities to live healthier lifestyles by fueling up with the right foods, including dairy, and participating in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The program builds future leaders and gives students the opportunity to learn important communication and life skills. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a national program, launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in partnership with USDA. Locally, it is executed by Western Dairy Association and the Denver Broncos.

One of the most unique aspects of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program is its ability to foster student leaders. Each year Western Dairy has the challenge of choosing just a handful of standout leaders who work throughout that year to inspire students, teachers and community members nationwide to make healthy changes in their own lives and schools.

Kindt is working towards getting Woodland Park Middle School to implement the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Kindt also attended and promoted the program at the first annual Denver Broncos Health and Wellness Expo in September.

“Ryan may seem quiet and shy at first,” said Cheryl Reumann, Account Manager of Fuel Up to Play 60 at Western Dairy. “But Fuel Up to Play 60 has helped him expand his leadership skills, and we are excited to see what he does with them in the future.”

Fuel Up To Play 60 empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health. Inspired and led by youth, the program works with students and adult stakeholders to make positive changes that increase opportunities to be physically active and access tasty, nutrient-dense foods (low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) at school.