Browns And Bengals Players Join Forces For Kids

Videos promote positive changes children can make on their own

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Martin Luther King Academy for Boys student Brandon Barkley (left) and Solon Middle School Student Izma Khaliq (right) pose with Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Barkley, Khaliq and Thomas are featured in new educational videos from the American Dairy Association Mideast. Details: http://bit.ly/185EwFw

CLEVELAND — Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas is a pro at clearing a path on the football field for his quarterback, and he’s able to use that skill off the field as well. Thomas is able to clear a path for children to eat better by taking out the common barriers to healthy eating. His new video campaign features him making healthy snacks and meals for children.

The American Dairy Association Mideast is kicking off the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program (FUTP60) for fifty schools in the Cleveland area by hosting a Program Advisor Training Camp. The event is being held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Advisors including principals, health and physical education teachers and parents representing fifty area Cleveland schools are attending.

Thomas and his co-stars students Brandon Barkley and Izma Khaliq, both Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors, will unveil the new educational videos. Barkley is a seventh grader at Martin Luther King Academy for Boys in Toledo. Khaliq is an eighth grader from Solon Middle School in Solon. These videos stress good nutrition, including the importance of eating breakfast and being physically active. The videos and public service announcements will show families how easy it is to make a healthy breakfast and quick and nutritious snacks. In the videos Thomas shows the secrets to creating “brainpower boosting smoothies” and “Thomas Tortillas”.

Thomas is one of the Browns top offensive players, and can often be found starting at left tackle for the Browns. In 2012 he was named as a starter to his sixth straight Pro Bowl. He enjoys giving back to the community, and especially talking to kids about how eating healthy can benefit them.

“It is fun showing the kids the different snacks that are easy to make at home and are really nutritious, and are really going to give kids the fuel that they need to play and go throughout the school day.” Thomas said.

At the training camp, Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors will learn how to empower their students to make healthy choices about food and physical activity. Advisors will learn more about the overall program, get help identifying their goals and objectives for the year, and receive tools they can use to activate the program in their own school. Thomas will also lead program advisors out to the field through the stadium tunnels and participate in a physical activity session with them. Brandon Barkley and Izma Khaliq will serve on a “best practices” panel as part of the summit.

Fuel Up to Play 60 was created in partnership by the American Dairy Association Mideast, the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture and targets students in grades 4-10 to fuel up with the food groups kids don’t get enough of including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

A similar event featuring Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson was held on September 24, 2013 at Paul Brown Stadium. Johnson is also featured in videos making healthy food for Cincinnati area kids.

For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60 program visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com orwww.drink-milk.com

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Martin Luther King Academy for Boys student Brandon Barkley (left) and Solon Middle School Student Izma Khaliq (right) pose with Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Barkley, Khaliq and Thomas are featured in new educational videos from the American Dairy Association Mideast. Details: http://bit.ly/185EwFw

Fuel Up to Play 60 spokesperson Joe Thomas enjoys a glass of chocolate milk. Thomas is featured in new educational videos as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign. Details: http://bit.ly/185EwFw

Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas shows off three good choices of dairy. Thomas participates in the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign from the American Dairy Association Mideast. Details: http://bit.ly/185EwFw

Martin Luther King Academy for Boys student Brandon Barkley (right) poses with Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Barkley and Thomas are featured in new educational videos from the American Dairy Association Mideast. Details: http://bit.ly/185EwFw

Solon Middle School Student Izma Khaliq (left) poses with Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Khaliq and Thomas are featured in new educational videos from the American Dairy Association Mideast. Details: http://bit.ly/185EwFw

Corryville Catholic student MiCayla Pitts (left) poses with Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson. Pitts and Johnson are featured in new educational videos from the American Dairy Association Mideast.

Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson shows off three good choices of dairy. Johnson participates in the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign from the American Dairy Association Mideast.

Fuel Up to Play 60 spokesperson Michael Johnson enjoys a glass of milk. Johnson is featured in new educational videos as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign.