PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Thursday morning Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie visited Ruth Barron Elementary in Pflugerville to teach kids about eating healthy and and exercising an hour a day.
“I wish I had guys come to my school and tell me to eat healthy,” said Selvie who wore rabbit slippers during his visit for the breakfast themed assembly. “We were eating pizza for breakfast when I was going to school, so knowing to have a better lunch and breakfast is going to be great for these kids.”
It’s all part of a national campaign called Fuel Up to Play 60, which is a program put on by Dairy Max and the NFL to get kids to think about a healthy lifestyle.
“Fuel Up to Play 60 motivates and empowers kids to take action for their own health,” said Holly Stojanik, program coordinator for Dariy Max. “It does this by making physical activity and eating right fun.”
Barron’s principal, Jose Medina is very passionate about the kids learning the right healthy habits. The school, which has been open for two years, serves a population that has a number of students living under the poverty line.
Medina and his staff, including physical education teacher Coach Lacey Dilworth said learning good habits is crucial when students are young.
“It is so important, with obesity rates flying through the roof it’s important that they know as a child now what they can do for the rest of their lives,” said Dilworth.
“If you don’t have breakfast and be healthy, you’ll have a bad day and lose energy in the game,” said Mario Sanchez, a fifth grade student ambassador who got to interview Selvie.