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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2019
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Brick Memorial High School Is Grand Champion in School Nutrition Contest

(EAST RUTHERFORD) – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and New York Jets honored Brick Memorial High School on the field Sunday, September 8 at the Jets/Buffalo Bills football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford for its nutrition and wellness achievements.

Brick Memorial High School was the 2018-19 Grand Champion in the Department of Agriculture’s Jets Play 60 Eat Right, Move More Program, a collaboration between the Jets, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Dairy Northeast that encourages New Jersey school children to take advantage of healthy foods in their school cafeterias and become more active.  Also as part of its award, the school received a $20,000 grant.

“Brick Memorial High School has done an outstanding job of teaching students that good nutrition and exercise habits need to be essential parts of their everyday lives,” NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher said.

Three Brick Memorial High School students and coaching staff were brought onto the playing field prior to the game where they were recorded on video, and the recording was played on the stadium’s large video board during a break in the game as the school’s achievement was announced.

The students, who are members of the football team, who attended the game were Nikolas Brzeczkowski, Ryan McCombs and Conner Underwood.

In addition to being honored at the Jets game, the Jets are scheduling an Eat Right Move More Jets Play 60 Day at the school this fall. It will include a visit from a Jets player and the New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders.

Brick Memorial High School offers fresh fruits and vegetables with lunch as well as other times throughout the day as a healthy snack minimally three times a week. In addition, over 100 students participated in and completed the Jets Play 60 portion of the program.

The school is utilizing the award to upgrade its fitness and wellness equipment and to provide improved cafeteria options like healthy choices grab and go coolers.

Two other “Division Champion” schools of the 2018-2019 New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Jets PLAY 60 “Eat Right, Move More” program awarded $5,000 grants were Essex Regional Educational Services in Fairfield and Lakewood Middle School. 

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture administers the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, special milk and after-school snacks, the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Almost 700,000 children eat lunch at school every day in the Garden State.

As a professional football team that plays in New Jersey, the Jets take great pride in a long-standing, year-round commitment to the community. Programs funded by the New York Jets Foundation look to positively influence the future for countless young men and women in the tri-state area by promoting fitness and supporting youth football, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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