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Promoting Health in L.A. the Rams’ Way

Posted Nov 29, 2016

The Rams teamed up with Real California Milk, representing California’s dairy farm families, and the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (NFFSN), representing the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, to award LA’s Best After School Enrichment Program with a check.

At this month’s Fuel Up to Play 60 event, the Los Angeles Rams teamed up with Real California Milk, representing California’s dairy farm families, and the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (NFFSN), representing the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, to award LA’s Best After School Enrichment Program with a check for $20,000.

As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 event, Rams Guard Jamon Brown, Defensive Back Michael Jordan and Punter Johnny Hekker, joined mascot Rampage and the Rams cheerleaders to pay a special visit to Limerick Elementary in Canoga Park. During the event, 140 elementary students participated in activity drills, received healthy snacks from Real California Milk, and were able to meet the players, who talked to them about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Additionally, event attendees were able to participate in a Real California Milk toast to celebrate the check for LA’s Best, which will help to promote health and nutrition throughout the city of Los Angeles.

Hekker, who was able to share some healthy advice, described his experience interacting with the students, “I’ve heard ‘How’d you get so big?’ plenty of times today. I tell them, ‘I ate my vegetables. I did my homework. I did the dishes when my mom asked me to.’ It’s a ton of fun to entertain them and just be present.”

Eric Gurna, the President and CEO of LA’s Best, explained, “The $20,000 will go to support LA’s Best health and fitness programs. We serve over 25,000 kids every day in 193 schools across the city of Los Angeles. One of the programs that we have in all 193 schools is our Best Fit Initiative, which is dedicated to helping kids learn about making healthier choices.”

LA’s Best, an in-school physical activity and nutritional program, began as a partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch. Now, LA’s Best serves 193 schools in Los Angeles, with the goal to educate and encourage students to make healthy decisions regarding nutrition and physical activity.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school physical activity and nutrition program created by the National Dairy Council in collaboration with the National Football League and supported by the state’s dairy farm families. The program encourages youth to consume a balance diet including low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains while achieving at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.