Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen has been introduced as American Dairy Association Indiana’s newest Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador. The announcement was made by Deb Osza, general manager of American Dairy Association Indiana, during a recent event at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Indianapolis’ northwest side.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program of the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture. The initiative encourages youth to lead healthier lives by making wise nutrition choices and engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Allen will appear at Fuel Up to Play 60 events at area schools, delivering the program’s nutrition and activity messages.
“As a professional athlete, I quickly learned that in order to stay on my game, complete nutrition and physical activity had to become my way of life,” Allen stated. “There are students all over the state who are yearning to start those same healthy habits, and thanks to Indiana’s dairy farmers, the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative allows that to happen.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Dwayne to our Fuel Up to Play 60 team, and look forward to working with him throughout the upcoming year.” Osza said. “Research shows very clearly that nutrition and physical activity directly affect how students perform in school. Dwayne shares our philosophy that in order to excel, Hoosier students need to learn the basics of good nutrition and commit to a minimum of 60 minutes of daily physical activity. We think he’s the ideal representative to take our Fuel Up message into area schools.”
Allen succeeds Pat McAfee as ADAI’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador. Other Indianapolis Colts players who have represented the program include Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Joseph Addai, and Donald Brown.