WEST ORANGE, NJ – Thanks to the West Orange school district’s participation in the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program, students at Edison Middle School (EMS) recently enjoyed a visit from Seton Hall University (SHU) Division I athletes.

The American Dairy Association sponsored the event to enhance nutrition and physical fitness messaging at EMS through SHU’s Wellness Corps, a partnership between the ADA and the university’s athletic department.

The athletes underscored the importance of healthy habits as they shared about their commitment to health, peak performance and community service.

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The primary goal of this partnership is to promote healthy food choices and increased physical activity – both proven to have a positive effect on learning.

Visiting SHU athletes were:

  • Samantha Dyer, Freshman, Women’s Cross Country
  • Jesse Southard, Sophomore, Men’s Cross Country
  • Amanda Ferrara, Freshman, Women’s Cross Country
  • Baylee Allender, Sophomore, Softball
  • William Smith, Junior, Men’s Swimming
  • Courtney Regan, Senior, Women’s Swimming
  • Janae Barracato, Freshman, Softball

The Seton Hall athletes spoke first to the students about what sport they play at the university and how they value good nutrition, exercise and the need for proper rest.

Physical education teachers Bryan Azzato and Jamie Galioto led the EMS students and athletes in the West Orange district’s “10 Minutes of Fitness” and a fun, competitive health and skill-related fitness cup-stacking game. The athletes participated alongside the students throughout the entire 55-minute lesson.

Robert Sasso, director of leadership and development at SHU, commented along with SHU athletes that they were impressed with the physical education program in West Orange and its focus on health and skill-related fitness components.

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