Local Teacher Named Idaho's Program Advisor of the Year

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Updated: 3/21/2013 6:45 pm

        A local high school economics teacher has been named Idaho’s Program Advisor of the Year.

Her name is Jessica Erhardt, she’s from Rigby High School and she’s part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program which encourages students to get active and eat healthy.

“My name is Lynette Meek and on behalf of Idaho Dairy Families we’re very proud to recognize Jessica and her hard work here at Rigby High School….”

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Idaho Dairy Council and the National Football League.

Nearly 73,000 schools are involved nation-wide.

“So we have classroom activities that kids can just do in the classroom, maybe they can just take a quick walk around the school, or when it’s nice outside we’ll go outside for 3 to 4 minutes and throw the ball around, do stuff like that” said Erhardt.

“As a team we just go out and we try to get all the students in the school and all around the community to get more active and to try and eat healthier and just live better and have more fun” said Senior Bodie Henrie.

This is Mrs. Erhardt’s second year as the advisor for fuel up to play 60 for Rigby High School, and she has just been named Idaho’s Program Advisor of the Year.

“It’s really, you know, it’s my personality to be really excited about things but it’s also pretty humbling because it’s not just me winning this award, I could never do it without my Fuel Up to Play 60 team, that’s this group of kids, and then the whole school. We have over 90% of our kids participating who have signed up who are very active in this” continued Erhardt.

There are about 50 students at Rigby High School who are part of the fuel up to play 60 team.

The team was just awarded a $9,000 prize for Mrs. Erhardt winning the Advisor of the Year Award.

“Well it’s just really exciting because she’s worked so hard to get it and the whole school as a whole and I think it’s just really exciting and cool that we would actually win this” continued Henrie.

Rigby High School also wants to thank the community for all of their support throughout the year.

The students at Rigby High School have come up with several different fun ways to be active and healthy. Here are some you can try with students in your school:

Football pump, pass, kick

Serve healthy breakfast and lunch at the school cafeteria

Give away prizes

Ride a stationary bike during class

Take a lap around the school building



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