Eat Smart, Play Hard

Program Overview:

The Eat Smart Play Hard program created by the Student-Athlete Development Department is intended to educate youth on the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle. The goal is to take this program out to schools and youth groups and have Gopher student-athletes discuss and demonstrate what healthy eating and physical activity looks like in a fun and entertaining style. Through an interactive PowerPoint presentation, tips about healthy meals and snacks are given, as well as defining physical activity in a way that the youth can relate. The finale to the presentation is a choreographed dance where everyone in the gym or classroom is encouraged to get up and follow along, led by the student-athletes! Also, every participant will get a healthy snack on their way out, sponsored by Cub Foods, so by the end of the program the children have experienced first-hand eating smart and playing hard.


Program Objectives:

  • Combat childhood obesity by stressing health benefits of physical activity
  • Encourage healthy eating and give examples of meals and snack ideas
  • Promote goal setting
  • Create an interactive environment where the children dance with the Gophers athletes

How to get started!
If your class, school, or organization would like to have our student-athletes help promote and educate students on living a healthy and active lifestyle, please begin by filling out this online form: https://www.macdata.umn.edu/saw/eventreg_form.php

If you have any questions regarding the program please e-mail Vanessa Johnston at joh10907@umn.edu.


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