"If you tracked your eating and activity within week you could get entered to win a jersey, so I was the winner!" Noah Carpenter said.
Noah may have picked a Giants jersey, but he's a seventh-grader from Patriots country who is representing Vermont in a big way! Like his sweatshirt says, he is the Vermont ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60, a partnership between the New England Dairy and Food Council and the NFL. As ambassador, Noah took part in a Fuel Up to Play 60 Summit in Charlotte, N.C., last summer.
Noah Carpenter: One of the days we actually met two Panthers football players.
Reporter Julie Kelley: Wow! What was that like?
Noah Carpenter: Once in a lifetime thing! You don't usually get to do that.
While meeting Panthers star Steve Smith was a highlight, it is what is happening back here at home at Fairfield Center School that is changing lives.
"With this program we're fighting childhood obesity, teaching the kids healthy eating, 60 minutes of play a day; we provide them opportunities throughout the school week to get up and get energized," Beth Howrigan said.
Howrigan is a veteran teacher and a dairy farmer with her husband. She brought the idea of Fuel Up to Play 60 to this small school in Franklin County. Howrigan says Play 60 has even had an impact in the classroom. They now do 5-minute movement breaks just to get the kids moving during the day. They also have get up and get moving mornings, where kids come 30 minutes early to play and taste tests where kids can try new foods.
"This team loves to do flash mobs, so in the middle of lunch all of a sudden you have Fuel Up to Play 60 kids dancing and then you have the whole lunch room moving. Three minutes, then everybody is back to business and it really energizes everybody for a day," Howrigan said.
"These are our snowshoes when we get enough snow we go snowshoeing in PE," Noah said
The money for those snowshoes came from Fuel Up to Play 60. Each year schools can apply for up to $4,000 in grant money.
"Noah probably didn't tell you that he was invited to the University of Virginia to speak at the Youth Next Forum," Howrigan said.
He was the only child in a group of 200 educators from around the country sharing the healthy changes happening at his school.
"It was pretty amazing. Our family was pretty impressed with Noah with how he represented Fairfield and Vermont and the whole national Fuel Up to Play 60 organization," mom Jennifer Carpenter said.
"We even had a superintendent from the state of Georgia say I'm going back and we're going to revise," Howrigan said.
A small school in Vermont setting a big example for the rest of the country about what is possible to make fighting childhood obesity fun!
The school is doing a tie-in with the Super Bowl. This is Souper Bowl week at Fairfield Center School. They collect cans of soup to donate and also make healthy soup for all the students.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:07:42 GMT
Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow. Rivers are spilling their banks, roadsMore >>
Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:08:37 GMT
Flood warnings are in effect around our region as heavy rains begin to move through. There is already localized flooding at some of the typical problem spots, like the wrong-way bridge on Route 15 inMore >>
Parts of our region are already flooding and others are bracing as heavy rains move through. Not only is rain falling fast, but warm temperatures Monday melted snow, adding to high waters.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:06:00 GMT
A man had to be pulled from the Black River in Springfield Tuesday morning. The Hartford Fire Department says it's working to pull a man out from the river. They say he got stuck about 75 feet out inMore >>
Vermont emergency workers have rescued a man stranded in the middle of a treacherous section of river in downtown Springfield. More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:02:17 GMT
The sex crimes trial of a former prison guard has been delayed. Jury draw was scheduled to begin Monday for Richard Gallow. He is charged with sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct on a femaleMore >>
The sex crimes trial of a former prison guard has been delayed.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:27:17 GMT
Arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job. On Tuesday former firefighter Elmer Joerg pleaded no contest to setting the blaze. Investigators say the former volunteer was caught on camera settingMore >>
An arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:26:03 GMT
There was a plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. Derek Niles pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment Tuesday. He got a deferred sentence and will be on probationMore >>
There was a plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. More >>