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Published on February 2nd, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Mr. SC Football, pro golfers help launch new Fuel Up To Play 60 grant for District Five school

Professional golfers George Bryan and Wesley Bryan visited H. E. Corley Elementary School on Feb. 2 to launch a new $4,000 grant aimed at promoting exercise and nutrition.

IRMO –  South Carolina Mr. Football Matt Colburn and professional golfers George Bryan and Wesley Bryan visited H. E. Corley Elementary School recently to launch a new grant aimed at promoting exercise and nutrition.

The Lexington-Richland School District Five leadership magnet school has been awarded a new Fuel Up To Play 60 grant by the Southeastern Dairy Association. The $4,000 grant will be used to pilot a free breakfast program at the school and implement new technology in the school gymnasium.

“As a district, we try to educate students about the importance of good nutrition and daily exercise,” said District Five Student Nutrition Director Todd Bedenbaugh. “This new Fuel Up To Play 60 grant and the visit by Matt and the Bryan brothers will go a long way in helping our students implement healthy diet and exercise habits. We want to help our students learn to live better and promote good health and nutrition behaviors that will last a lifetime.”

Colburn and George and Wesley Bryan, all graduates of H. E. Corley Elementary, talked to students about the importance of exercise and nutrition and unveiled new technology to better demonstrate proper techniques in sports.

“I definitely would not be where I am today without getting the right food and plenty of exercise,” said Colburn, a running back for Dutch Fork High School. “…So, I came today to let you know how important physical activity and eating right is and to tell you to do your best in school and everything you do.”

Wesley Bryan, who utilized the school’s new Apple TV that was purchased with the grant, added: “There’s a misconception that you don’t have to be very athletic to be a golfer, but proper nutrition and exercise has been really important for me and George. We’re here today to hopefully get kids to eat healthy foods and teach them that golf is not just an old man’s sport. It’s fun and a great way to be physically active.”

This is the second Fuel Up To Play 60 grant District Five has received this school year. In December, District Five received $10,000 through the NFL Fuel Up To Play 60 Hometown Grant program. Leaphart Elementary and Nursery Road Elementary each received $5,000 to implement programs promoting nutrition and physical activity at the schools.

Launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, Fuel Up to PLAY 60 is one of the nation’s largest in-school wellness and physical activity program. More than 74,000 schools nationwide, with more than 11.5 million students participate in the program, which encourages students to make a difference in their school environment by consuming nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and getting active for at least 60 minutes a day.

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