Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) student ambassador, Samarth Mannikeri, an eighth grader from Yardley, Pa., was one of four students from across the country chosen to participate in the National Football League (NFL) draft. He was selected because he created an interactive FUTP60 classroom video to remind his fellow Pennsbury School District students to stay active and eat healthy with dairy during home quarantine.
Samarth’s video provided examples of things to do when taking a break from studying at home, such as make-your-own smoothie recipes with milk, fruits and vegetables, and quick workout tips like jogging.
On Saturday, April 25, Samarth’s prerecorded FUTP60 message aired before the Philadelphia Eagles announced their seventh-round draft pick. Samarth’s story garnered media interviews with most of the news outlets in Philadelphia and surrounding Bucks County.
FUTP60 is the leading in-school health and wellness program launched a decade ago by the NFL and National Dairy Council designed to empower youth to lead healthier lives. More than 11,000 students are involved in the program in the ADA North East territory, some of whom rallied to send video clips thanking dairy farmers for continuing to produce a safe and abundant milk supply.
To learn more about FUTP60 activities in the ADA North East region, visit AmericanDairy.com and click on “Dairy in Schools.”
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com, or call 315.472.9143.