Lori Danella, assistant director for nutrition services for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, was named a Fuel Up to Play 60 Champion through the program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is sponsored by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Mrs. Danella was recognized at an Oct. 3 ceremony held at Arrowhead Stadium. The event included more than 50 educators from Missouri and Kansas participating in a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Training Camp.
During the past five years, Mrs. Danella has helped 16 schools secure more than $135,000 in funding to implement the program in Lee’s Summit R-7 schools.
“Lori’s passion for healthy students and school meals inspires others to take action,” said Robyn Stuewe, Midwest Dairy Council program manager. “Honoring her as a Fuel Up to Play 60 Champion was an easy decision.”
Mrs. Danella has been with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for 10 years and has worked in health and nutrition for 19 years. She serves as Fuel Up to Play 60 advisor for all Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary and middle schools. In addition, she is active in the School Nutrition Association and has served on the organization’s executive board.
“I am very passionate about healthy eating, nutrition education and increasing physical activity,” Mrs. Danella said.
Through Fuel Up to Play 60 last year, more than 13 million students from across the country ate more nutritious foods while increasing their physical activity.