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Thomas supports Play 60 effort

Posted Oct 3, 2012

CLEVELAND -- Browns left tackle Joe Thomas supported the Browns’ and American Dairy Association Mideast’s Play 60 movement by speaking to a group of educators on Tuesday evening.

CLEVELAND -- On the football field, Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is committed to protecting the quarterback and opening holes for running backs to run through on Sunday afternoons.

Off the field, the five-time Pro Bowler is focused on ensuring the next generation of football fans is making healthy decisions at the table and on the field.

Thomas joined educators and nutritionists from local school districts at BrownsTown at Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Training Camp on Tuesday evening. The event was hosted by the American Dairy Association Mideast.

“This is an important event,” Thomas said. “I think the Fuel Up to Play 60 is a fantastic program that we have going on in schools right now. We’re building the foundation for kids, teaching them about good health, exercise, eating the right way, getting the proper meals and how building that foundation now is going to lead them to a lifetime of health and happiness.”

Thomas said the event was important because of the time the educators and nutritionists spend with students in the classroom and on the playground.

“I’m only going to get to spend one day with the kids, but the teachers spent every, single day with them, so, they’re the ones that are able to reinforce, day-in and day-out, the importance of good nutrition and getting their exercise,” Thomas said.

Thomas has served as a guest speaker at the Browns’ Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Summit in the past and continued his support of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program through Tuesday’s event.

“With the Youth Summit, he’s been here talking to the kids, so, this is his first time to talk to the adults, the program advisors and I think it’s great to have him here as a leader on our team to showcase what he did as a young kid,” said Bridget Huzicka, manager of client services for the Browns.

Tuesday’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Training Camp was the next step in the Browns’ education for a healthier generation. The past two years, the team hosted a Youth Summit for students at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

“This time around, we have the adults coming to really teach them about the program and to also let them know what we’re doing in the community with our Play 60 program,” Huzicka said. “When you’re a young child, it is so important to not only eat healthy, but to get your exercise every day. If you do that at a young age, you’re cultivating a healthy lifestyle for years to come. It’s important to do this now in the schools and that’s why it’s important to have the educators here today.”

The Cleveland Browns Play 60 program is in association with Medical Mutual, Cleveland Clinic and American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to Play 60.