FILER, Idaho (KLIX) – A Filer High School student has been selected as a state ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60, a nationwide health and wellness program.

The Idaho Dairy Council selected 17-year-old Caitlin Colver for the 2016-17 school year.

“I’ve been involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 since my freshman year when my brother Chandler’s close friend, Ashley Lekkerkerk, founded our school’s chapter,” she said in a prepared statement.

“What I love about the program is that it makes our school a more fun environment and it causes everyone to see how eating and being active will help us stay healthy and happy throughout our lives. As an aspiring doctor, I think that’s really important.”

Caitlin Colver/Courtesy photo
Caitlin Colver/Courtesy photo

As the state ambassador, Colver will lead the program that engages youth directly as grassroots leaders to increase access to nutrient-rich foods and do 60 minutes of physical activity at school, according to the news release.

The program, which involves more than 73,000 schools across the country, encourages students to eat healthy, be active and make positive, wholesome changes in their schools and communities. Some schools host smoothie stations, others develop walking clubs. The National Dairy Council and NFL founded the initiative in 2010 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Colver, who was selected after an extensive application process, will attend the national Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit at Purdue University this summer. Ambassadors will meet NFL players, participate in unique physical activities and visit the agritourism attraction Fair Oaks Farms.

“Caitlin has already demonstrated such impressive leadership skills, and we can’t wait for her to play a more important role on our team,” said Crystal Wilson, United Dairymen of Idaho vice president of health and wellness and registered dietitian.

“She’s an incredible student who’s shown a great passion for Fuel Up to Play 60, and we’re delighted she continues to inspire her peers and community to eat healthy and get active. I look forward to seeing everything she accomplishes in the upcoming school year.”

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