Safety David Bruton Jr. was on hand at Englewood Middle School's grant celebration to talk healthy eating and exercise before judging a smoothie competition.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.** — Safety David Bruton Jr. was on hand at Englewood Middle School to help present a $10,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL Hometown Grant to the Englewood School District.
Englewood School Nutrition Services will be presented with the grant from the NFL, Denver Broncos and Western Dairy Association. The grant will be used to buy blenders so schools within the district can incorporate nutrient-rich milk and yogurt-based smoothies into their breakfast and lunch menus.
Bruton used the opportunity to speak to the kids about the effects of eating healthy and exercising.
"It's extremely important," said Bruton of Play 60's cause. "It's something that should be valued. We have a huge problem with childhood obesity in America and we definitely need to address it. It's a problem that we could do so much more for and to eliminate. Why not get the word out? Why not use a great platform such as the Broncos, or the NFL and work hand-in-hand with the GENYOUth Foundation and then the Western Dairy farmers, and make a difference?"
After speaking to the kids, Bruton helped to judge a smoothie contest. Four contestants whipped up smoothies for Bruton and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders to judge and pick a winner. The competition winner's smoothie will be featured as a smoothie of the month.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a dairy-farmer funded program started through the National Dairy Council and the NFL in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation's largest in-school wellness program and creates real transformational change in more than 73,000 schools.