Jessamine County students fueled up with healthy food last week during National School Breakfast Week, then worked off the meal with an hour of exercise.
Each school delivered healthy breakfast before sending students through the “Fuel Up to Play 60” challenge created by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council. The events were a collaboration between Kentucky Action for Healthy Kids, Jessamine County Schools, the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association and other community partners.
The breakfasts consisted of whole-grain cereal, whole-grain bread, milk and fresh fruit, said Karen Barden, the district’s food-service director. They were provided to students for free through a grant. Barden said the high schools implemented smoothies of low-fat yogurt, fresh fruit and milk.
The physical activities for the program at Wilmore Elementary School on Friday included a climbing wall, jump ropes, races and agility drills.
“We’re trying to get them to get active and eat right,” Wilmore principal Andrea McNeal said Friday. “We did a nutrition lesson this morning for all of our boys and girls about our food groups and what to eat, and all the activities have to do with eating well and keeping fit.”