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Cindy Miniard, PE teacher at Crab Orchard Elementary School, will be rewarded with an in-school visit from retired NFL linebacker Al Smith (Houston Oilers), a member of the NFL Alumni Association, on Friday May 18.

Cindy Miniard, physical education teacher at Crab Orchard Elementary School in Crab Orchard, has been named Tennessee’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor of the Year! Miniard is part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, taking an active leadership role in encouraging students to get active, eat healthy and make a difference.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Southeast Dairy Association and the National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). More than 70,000 schools are involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 nationwide.

Through the efforts of program advisors like Miniard, schools across the country are encouraging youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

“We’re excited to recognize the efforts of Cindy. She has the support of school administration and community leaders, and great student involvement in the program. She is creative with lessons that keep the students excited about healthy eating and being active, and even rewards the students in a healthy way—with ice cold delicious milk!” says Marie Keith, school program account manager with the Southeast Dairy Association.

“I am honored to be named Program Advisor of the Year for Tennessee, and am thankful to have this program at our school. The students are being educated about nutrition and fitness in a way that leaves a lasting impact on their lives. This is a program that we plan to continue, and our expectations are high,” says Miniard.

“The NFL Alumni Association is proud of leaders like Miniard who take time out of their busy schedule to work one-on-one with students as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors, like Miniard, deserve to be recognized for their leadership and commitment to building healthier schools and a healthier future for our youth. Their hard work is why the Alumni Association is committed to Fuel Up to Play 60,” says George Martin, executive director of the National Football League Alumni Association.

In addition to engaging and empowering students to get involved in Fuel Up to Play 60, Program Advisors help their schools and students earn recognition, rewards and funding to support wellness initiatives in their schools. Any adult enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 can become a program advisor. To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors visit http://school.fueluptoplay60.com/welcome/program-advisor.php.

For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60 or to sign up for the program visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com or www.southeastdairy.org.

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