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Moo Moo Celebrating National World Milk Day

By
Stephen Cefalu,   Madisonville Junior High School
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork

Madisonville Junior High School kicked off their yearly “NFL’s Fuel Up To Play 60” program with a bang as they celebrated National World Milk Day with a gala school-wide event. The world famous Chick-fil-A cow greeted students as they entered MJH’s “NFL’s Fuel Up To Play 60 café”. On display throughout the MJH café was specially designed student artwork celebrating making healthy eating choices, and the importance of dairy products. MJH teachers, dressed up as square dancers and serenaded students with festive music as they entered the MJH café. The highlight of each lunch was the annual MJH World Milk Day milk drinking contest. The contest pits five randomly selected students who compete with each other to see who can drink a carton of their favorite milk the fastest while being cheered on by their peers. At MJH’s National World Milk Day gala celebration every contestant was a winner. Each contestant received special prizes from the Fuel Up To Play 60 program and gift certificates from the Chick-fil-A cow. We had displays set up comparing healthy foods to unhealthy foods. Everything was magnified by the use of our portable public address system. Students were given Dairy Max stickers and moo cow pencils were passed out. We also had our official Fuel Up To Play 60 banner on display. The St. Tammany Parish Head and assistant food supervisors were notified and helped us organize the healthy food displays. The pictures and the dvd of the video were sent to Jennifer Duhon with Dairy Max.

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What improvements have you seen at your school?

We were fortunate to be awarded a flag football kit and we now have flag football as a permanent sport in the physical education program. We have begun a school walking club. Over the nine month school year, we have collectively walked over one million steps. We have purchased “Fuel Up to Play 60” signs that we have installed all over the school’s cafeteria and changes the name to the “Fuel Up To Play 60 Café”. We now serve smoothies, yogurt and grab n’ go lunches in our café.

How did you accomplish your goals?

I asked one of the computer teachers to select responsible, mature students to sign up for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Collectively, these students tackled more than 1400 challenges. Three students have been invited to attend the previous two summits. The cafeteria manager and I selected several students to design signage promoting the benefits of being a participant in the program. These were put on display in the Fuel Up To Play 60 Café. The program is very successful.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The faculty has encouraged students to get involved in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. They have taken the time to educate the students about the values of making healthy eating choices and having at least sixty minutes of physical activity a day. For the past two years, our school has celebrated National World Milk Day and everyone looks forward to it. Our physical education coaches have embraced the program and have added and encouraged students to play flag football. The students love it.