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NFL player encourages kids to eat healthy

Published On: Oct 08 2013 03:26:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 23 2013 10:37:00 AM CDT
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Fuel Up To Play 60 Program

CINCINNATI -- You know Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson can sack the quarterback but did you know he can cook? He enjoys cooking and, in fact, he stars in a new video campaign being released today which features him making healthy snacks and meals for children.

Johnson and his co-star MiCayla Pitts, a Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador from Corryville Catholic School, will unveil the new educational videos. These videos stress good nutrition, including the importance of eating breakfast and being physically active. The videos and public service announcements will show families how easy it is to make a healthy breakfast and quick and nutritious snacks.

Johnson is one of the Bengals top defensive players, and has played in every game during his career with the Bengals so far. In the 2012 season his sack total was the second most by a Bengals player since 1983, and he is fifth in the AFC and tied for ninth in the NFL in sacks. He enjoys talking to kids about how a healthy meal or snack sack fuels his performance.

“As a professional athlete, we have a platform to go out and speak to kids and people about different things. This is something that is close to me, I was raised to be healthy.” Johnson said. “For me to spread that message to others is a joy of mine.”

At the training camp, Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors will learn how to empower their students to make healthy choices about food and physical activity. Advisors will learn more about the overall program, get help identifying their goals and objectives for the year, and receive tools they can use to activate the program in their own school.

Fuel Up to Play 60 was created in partnership by the American Dairy Association Mideast, the National Dairy Council and the National Football, in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture and targets students in grades 4-10 to fuel up with the food groups kids don’t get enough of including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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