As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 event, Rams Guard
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.