CARLSTADT, N.J. — What was billed as an assembly on bullying for Carlstadt seventh- and eighth-graders turned out to be an exercise class with New York Jets kicker Nick Folk.
Folk announced that the middle school was one of 10 winners of the "Eat Right, Move More" program.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the NY Jets jointly launched the program in 2006 to encourage children to eat well and be active.
The students on Tuesday were split up into two teams and did relay races with Folk and NY Jets officials.
"It's a really fun program and the kids had such a blast," NJDA Public Information Officer Lynne Richmond told Daily Voice.
NJDA administers national school lunch and breakfast programs. Since school meals are required to include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat and non-fat foods, the Eat Right, Move More program promotes what the department does every day, Richmond said.
"The program promotes whole body health," she said. "If you exercise and you're not eating right it doesn't have the same effect as if you do both."
The Carlstadt students will participate in the Jets' "Play 60" program throughout the next month. By keeping track of their physical activity students will be entered for a chance to win $15,000 grant and another visit from Folk and more Jets players.
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