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posted: 10/26/2012 7:59 AM

Ridge Family Center wins national contest

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Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village is the grand prize winner of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Casting Call Challenge, sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The center was chosen from among 73,000 schools that entered the competition. Fuel Up to Play 60 conducts multiple challenges during each school year.

In 2011, Ridge Family Center students won a trip to the Bears' Walter Payton Center, Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 spokeswoman Betsy Boswell said.

As part of this year's grand prize, students will star in a Kinect for Xbox 360 promotional feature that will run during a 2012 NFL national broadcast. The school also will receive an Xbox Kiosk, including an Xbox console with Kinect and TV.

On Nov. 6, three Chicago Bears players and representatives from the Dairy Council will visit the center for an afternoon of healthy fun.

The Casting Call Challenge winning entry was selected based on the following criteria: the school implemented and sustained additional physical activity programs and/or improved access to nutritious foods; students lead the implementation of healthy changes in the school; and school/students led efforts to get their community involved in the implementation and sustainment of healthy changes in the school.

Students also wrote essays about the healthy programs that have been implemented at their school, Boswell said.

For more information about Fuel Up to Play 60, visit

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