Palm Springs 8th-Grader Wins National 'Fuel Up To Play 60' Award

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Accel Castillo tops nearly 200,000 students for school wellness recognition.

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Now I try and watch and limit the junk food that I eat. I feel and look much better. I lost almost 20 pounds this school year and now I can play all day long.

Accel Castillo, an eighth-grader from Palm Springs Middle School, has taken the top individual honor for the inaugural Fuel Up to Play 60 competition, beating 198,825 peers from around the country.

Castillo will be honored at his school on Friday (May 21) and will arrive in style, riding in a limousine with Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess. Once on campus, Castillo will receive recognition during an assembly in the gymnasium for being a proactive leader of the first-year school wellness program launched by the National Dairy Council and National Football League.

In addition to hosting Bess at his school, Castillo will receive various prizes, including a $500 NFLShop.com gift card, customized Dolphins team jersey and autographed Dolphins helmet. He also will attend the Dolphins rookie mini clinic and will receive VIP treatment to a preseason training session experience, plus tickets to a home Miami game this season.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a school wellness program that empowers students to get healthy and be active by implementing changes. The student-led endeavor relies on leaders such as Castillo to put into action measures that will make a difference in the lives of their peers. The goal of the program is to assure that students “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods such as low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains in order to exercise for at least 60 minutes each day.

Castillo said the Fuel Up to Play 60 program has made a big difference in his quality of life.

“Before FUTP60, I would eat whatever I wanted,” Castillo said. “Now I try and watch and limit the junk food that I eat. I feel and look much better. I lost almost 20 pounds this school year and now I can play all day long.”

Students and schools compete by tracking their points on http://www.FuelUpToPlay60.com. Nationwide, more than 60,000 schools participated in the program. In Florida, 2,179 schools participated with St. Petersburg Bay Point Middle School earning top honors in the state. Enslow Middle School in Huntington, W. Va., was the top-scoring school in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“To solve childhood obesity, parents, schools and business leaders must come together and address the fact that while a ‘healthy change’ may not be the same in every community, we can make a big difference by providing the right tools to make small changes,” said Jennifer Whittaker Sills, Director of School Marketing for the Dairy Council of Florida. “That’s the thinking that drives Fuel Up to Play 60 and the partnership among the NFL, NDC and the USDA.”

As a private-public partnership effort, Fuel Up to Play 60 shares the ambitious yet attainable goals outlined in First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity platform “Let’s Move!” which aims to curb childhood obesity within a generation. Together with the involvement of supporting organizations – including Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association – the Fuel Up to Play 60 program will further its progress by aiming to reach even more schools nationwide in the years ahead.

To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 or to sign up for the 2010-2011 program visit FuelUpToPlay60.com. Media resources, including related video footage and photos are available at FuelUptoPlay60MediaResources.com.

About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a youth-led social marketing initiative designed to help prevent childhood obesity and help youth develop life-long healthy eating and daily physical activity habits. As part of the program, student teams work with adult leaders in each school to make kid-appealing, good-tasting, nutrient-rich foods more available. They also create opportunities for daily physical activity, such as walking clubs and after-school sports and dance clubs. Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages kids to get involved and make changes that will help make their schools healthier places. The program reaches youth directly and engages their help in leading and inspiring their friends. The United States Department of Agriculture, NFL and National Dairy Council are partners in the program, and it is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.

About National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council® (NDC) is the nutrition research, education and communications arm of Dairy Management Inc™. On behalf of U.S. dairy farmers, NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC is dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of consuming milk and milk products throughout a person’s lifespan. For more information, visit NationalDairyCouncil.org.

About NFL PLAY 60
Designed to help tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations like the National Dairy Council. NFL PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit NFLRush.com. © 2010 NFL Properties LLC. All NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League.

Davone Bess’ appearance was scheduled by NFL PLAYERS.

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When: May 21, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Where:
Palm Springs Middle School (gymnasium)
1560 Kirk Road
West Palm Beach, 33406

School Phone:     (561) 434-3300

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