Collaborating to engage Tennessee's youth
The Southeast Dairy Association and Tennessee Titans empower youth to choose more nutritious foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and to commit to 60 minutes of physical exercise every day through the national Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
The Southeast Dairy Association and Titans are doing their part. The collaboration combines the nutrition expertise of the Southeast Dairy Association and the fitness expertise of the Panthers to give children the tools and resources needed to change their personal health habits.
Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are sustainable and complements – not competes with – an academics-focused environment.
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Titans of Taste Breakfast Contest a huge success!
Mariani, cheerleaders celebrate win with Butler High School
Tennessee Titans receiver and Pro Bowl return specialist Marc Mariani recently encouraged high school students to eat nutritious foods and shared his thoughts on determination and overcoming adversity while chasing dreams. Mariani joined Titans Cheerleaders Hannah, Heidi and Kiara and staff members for a raucous pep rally Wednesday to celebrate the Fuel Up to Play 60 “Titans of Taste” Purity Breakfast Contest that was won by Butler High School in Huntsville, Ala.
The pep rally included performances by the school’s drum line, dance team and cheerleaders, as well as free T-shirts and small footballs that were thrown to students by Mariani and the cheerleaders.
The afternoon event also included the presentation of a $5,000 check that was provided by Purity Dairies and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA). Butler High School won the contest by increasing breakfast participation 63 percent for the month of October, meaning 311 more students ate breakfast at the school each day than had done so the previous month.
“Butler High School was rocking. They earned it. They did a great job,” Mariani said. “The participation in the program has grown immensely and they did so great. I think they increased by 63 percent and it was fun to come reward them and it was fun for us to be here and share their enthusiasm and help them learn about things and how doing this kind of thing affects them positively in the future.”
Laura Marbury, a nutrition affairs program manager with SUDIA, said starting the day with a healthy breakfast better prepares students to do their best.
“They increased their breakfast participation by 63 percent, so a lot more kids that weren’t eating breakfast before are this year and not just any breakfast but a healthy breakfast with low-fat dairy, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, something that will fuel them throughout the day and keep them focused,” Marbury said. “Research shows that eating a good and healthy breakfast improves your memory and also boosts test scores, so it’s a win-win for schools.
“It’s a great opportunity and they get so fired up when they see someone from the Titans like Marc Mariani and the cheerleaders coming in here,” Marbury added. “It gets them motivated and teaches them the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and getting physical activity in every day, so it’s very rewarding to see and be able to celebrate this very good cause.”
After the pep rally, Mariani met with select students for a question-and-answer session. He told the students that he’s paid much more attention to nutrition since breaking his leg during the 2012 preseason, and said he’s pleased to pass along that message.
Additionally, cash prizes of $3,000 were presented to the first place winners at Tusculum Elementary School in Nashville, East Middle School in Tullahoma, Tenn., and Johnson High School in Huntsville, Ala. As the winner of the video contest, Brentwood High School was awarded $1,000.
Craig Peters, Titans Online
Check out more pep rally photos here!
Titans of Taste Milk Contest 2012
Students at North Coffee Elementary took home the grand prize at the Fuel Up to Play 60 “Titans of Taste” Purity Milk Contest Celebration Luncheon here last Friday.
“The dairy farmers of Tennessee are proud to be a part of the Titans of Taste contest,” said Davis, President of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee. “It’s great to see students get excited about milk.”
As the contest’s grand prize winner, North Coffee Elementary took home a cash prize of $5,000. The school, which increased milk consumption by 41 percent in October, will also host a pep rally with a Titans player, T-Rac (the Titans mascot) and the Titans cheerleaders.
As the winner of the video contest, Brentwood High School (Williamson County) was awarded $1,500 and eight tickets to a future Titans game. Watch the winning video here.