Denver Bronco Safety and Fuel Up to Play 60 representative David Bruton, Jr. was in Greeley this week, and it wasn’t just to celebrate his team being the best football team in the world. Bruton and Miles the Mascot were at Franklin Middle School to award the students for their huge achievement of winning a local Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) contest. The award and pep rally honored the students for committing themselves and their classmates to eating healthier and engaging in more physical activities.
The students received Burton and Miles with a huge round of applause and were able to ask him questions about his diet and workout routine.
“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do if we didn’t eat right,” said Bruton, referring to the dedication and discipline it takes to be a professional football player.
This year, Leprino Foods awarded 8 schools in Greeley grants and the students were challenged to get Fuel Up to Play 60 going at their schools, along with competition to see who could earn the most Fuel Up to Play 60 participation points in January and February. Franklin Middle School won with over 6 million points.
Besides the Denver Broncos representation at the event, there were representatives from Western Dairy Association, USDA, the Greeley/Evans District 6 School Board, District 6 Nutrition Services and Office of Health and Wellness, Weld County Commissioner and Leprino Foods there to help the students celebrate their win. They were encouraged to keep dedicating themselves to a healthy lifestyle, and participated in a smoothie making contest where Bruton was one of the judges.
The pep rally also aligned with National School Breakfast Week, which encourages students of all ages to get a healthy start to their day by eating breakfast at school. The students at Franklin Middle School have breakfast in the classroom served daily, which ensures every child has access to a nutritious morning meal. USDA Mountain and Plains Regional office and CO Dept of Education Office of School Nutrition staff were in attendance to congratulate the school and district on a job well done.
“This program has brought so much fun to our school,” said FUTP 60 advisor, Deb Heck, “it shows the students that there’s nothing they can’t do when they work together.”