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[Richmond Intermediate School third-grader Logan Long uses a weight to do bicep curls during the St. Charles school's Morning Fit Club.]
Greco is quite active today, but how did he learn to be active? And how are his fellow students incorporating a more active lifestyle into daily living?
They’re doing it – at least in part – via the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at Richmond Intermediate School.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program. The National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, launched the program to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.
Gus Silva, dean at Richmond Intermediate, introduced the program at the school about eight years ago. Jenni Iwanski, instructional support coach, and Matt Caputo, PE instructor, have teamed up with Silva to provide guidance and leadership for the students.
“Our goal is for them to be active for 60 minutes each day,” Silva said. “We want them like that each day at school and to also make sure they’re physically active outside of school and to have good nutrition.”