North Banks Middle School wins Saints Fuel Greatness Breakfast Challenge hosted by Southeast United Dairy Industry Association

Apr. 29 2016

Baton Rouge, LA – Southeast United Dairy Industry Association are recognizing the over 200 students at North Banks Middle as the middle school overall winner of the Saints Fuel Greatness Breakfast Challenge.

Ninety-six schools throughout Louisiana participated in the breakfast challenge and North Banks Middle had the highest percent increase in breakfast participation at 45-percent, as well as a 23-percent increase in milk consumption.

Hunger is a real issue that many children struggle with each day and schools play a vital role in feeding those children. Statistics show that one in five students come to school hungry and do not receive the healthy foods they need to fight illness or concentrate in class which leads to missed school days. New research shows that better nutrition, starting with nutrient-packed foods like low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese, fruit, vegetables and whole grains, coupled with increased physical activity can lead to better academic achievement.

As winners of the Saints Fuel Greatness Breakfast Challenge, the school won a Saints-themed celebration. Saints player Michael Mauti and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. will visit the school on April 22, 2016 for a fun-filled event celebrating the students, good nutrition and their eagerness to learn.

“We are excited about the partnership with the Saints and the opportunity to expand the Fuel Up To Play 60 program in Louisiana schools,” said Jennifer Duhon, Manager of School Health and Wellness with Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. “Healthy students are better students which is what Fuel Up To Play 60 is all about. The program, launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, is focused on getting students to ‘fuel up’ with nutrient-rich foods like low-fat & fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to ‘get up and play’ for at least 60 minutes a day.”

Good nutrition and physical activity help ensure a strong and high-achieving generation of youth. Access to nutritious, affordable food and 60 minutes of play a day will continue to help kids “fuel their greatness” inside and outside the classroom.

 

 

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