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Peachs Plains students fuel up

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an event sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. Local dietitian Erica Phelps — whose twin daughters, Abigail and Isabelle, are kindergartners at Peach Plains — was instrumental in bringing the event to Grand Haven.

“The Dairy Council of Michigan offered 50 grants to dietitians in Michigan,” she said. “I applied to be one of the 50, I got picked, and I chose Grand Haven because my kids go here.”

To see photos from the event, click here.

The student-driven event aimed to promote healthy lifestyle choices, from exercise to eating choices, through several activities.

Athletic events ranged from an obstacle course and a jump rope competition to a snowball toss, while healthy snacks such as fruit smoothies and hummus were available for students to sample.

“This is a program to get kids active 60 minutes a day and also eating healthy as well,” said Peach Plains physical education teacher Scott Przystas. “We’re offering food tasting, smoothies, healthy eating, so that hopefully we’re developing healthy lifestyle habits as well.

“The beauty of this whole thing is it’s all student-led by our fifth grade ambassadors. They’ve come up with all the stations, and the other advisor and I help them with what they need.

“It’s been very positive,” Przystas continued. “The kids come into PE and I talk it up to them, give them an explanation of what it’s going to by and why we’re doing it.”

Phelps was thrilled with the turn-out at Thursday’s kick-off event.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “This is wonderful. I just can’t believe how many people are here.”

Phelps said that the program will continue throughout the school year.

Kids who become active in the program and to complete a healthy eating event as well as a physical activity or game through the school, and can also submit to enter into a cooking contest.

For more information, visit www.fueluptoplay60.com/.

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