Kyle Pryor, Miles City Health and PE Teacher, Recognized Nationally for Improving Youth Health and Wellness
Kyle Pryor, a health and PE teacher from Washington Middle School was featured in a new national advertisement for Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school health and wellness program, in recognition of his remarkable efforts to help Washington Middle School youth make healthy and sustainable changes in their schools and communities through the program. Inspired by the opportunity to empower youth to lead their schools and communities in making healthy changes, Fuel Up to Play 60 was created in partnership with the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA.
“Kyle has brought to light the importance of health and wellness in his school and in Miles City at large,” said Nicole Croy, Manager of School Health and Wellness Programs. “We are proud to recognize Kyle for all his efforts, including his impressive leadership in the program, and we couldn’t be more grateful for his commitment to the students and the community.”
Pryor has implemented several plays including smoothie club, grab & go anytime, promoting healthful choices, 100 mile club, ramp up recess and after-school fitness club. Along with his principal, Pryor helped start his school’s first ever breakfast program after being awarded a grant to purchase a milk cooler. Pryor also used awarded grant money to purchase a 30-man bocce ball set and bean bag toss to increase activity at recess.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a free program that provides guidance and resources to help educators be the heroes of wellness in their schools by providing them the support needed to meet school wellness goals and enable lasting, positive change throughout the school building. The program complements and enhances pre-existing wellness programs already in place in schools, while offering additional resources, tools, rewards and incentives for students, educators, and the whole school.
Pryor has been involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 for over 5 years and continues to go the extra mile to ensure his students are doing the best they can in the program.
“Students are excited about our ramp up for recess activities, and I am encouraged by their choices to become more active and eat more nutritious meals,” said Pryor. “They realize the impact being active in Fuel Up to Play 60 has had on their lives.”
Positive student nutrition and physical activity habits start with a solid support system from educators in school. With Fuel Up to Play 60, educators like Pryor can step up to lead as Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors and serve as role models and heroes for healthy kids and healthy schools.
Fuel Up to Play 60 schools with educators leading the program will be eligible to receive a free Back to School poster this Fall. For more information about Fuel Up to Play 60 and how to become a Program Advisor, visit: www.FuelUpToPlay60.com.