Bucs serve lunches and smiles at Starkey Ranch K-8

Odessa, Florida – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the big guys on campus at Starkey Ranch K-8 School on Tuesday.

“I can only imagine what it would have meant to me when I was their age, and a group of NFL players came to their school,” boxsetter Luke Guedick told ABC Action News sportscaster Kyle Burger.

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Players tied their aprons and put on their poetic nets to help the staff by helping to prepare and serve lunch for the students.

The Bucs have teamed up with the Florida Dairy Council and their flagship “Fuel Up to Play 60” program.

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“Play 60, I remember I was in school, and we had the exact same thing,” Goedek said. “Promoting healthy eating habits, promoting that hour of physical activity a day, whether that’s running, walking, or playing football outside. I think that’s really huge for our future generations growing up.”

Goedeke is the 312-pound Bucs guard. He was eager to serve the students his favorite food.

“I was a little surprised at first, as a lot of the kids were going to Smuckers instead of a cheeseburger,” he said. “I’m not going to lie because I was built on a cheeseburger. Wherever we were growing up, I’d order a cheeseburger. It didn’t matter if it was a super fancy restaurant, I was just ‘give me a cheeseburger with ketchup.'”

The Dairy Council is also celebrating Pasco County Nutrition staff by providing some lucky members with opening tickets for the Boss House.

“We have a grant from our hometown, and we choose the Anna Community School,” said Teresa Moran-Webby, vice president of youth health for the Florida Dairy Council. “This is the school you see here. As part of the grant, the cafeteria will receive equipment to help deliver nutritious meals.”

Florida Dairy Council’s flagship Fuel Up to Play 60 program is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Football League (NFL) and the National Dairy Council (NDC), founded by American dairy farmers in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) .

The program encourages young people to eat nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

As a result of this program, 14 million students are making better food choices by choosing nutritious options such as low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. In addition, 18 million students became more physically active during the school day as a result of the program.

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