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NFL star visits Tate High School
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Living a healthy lifestyle, that's the message NFL Cornerback, Leigh Torrence offered to students at Tate High School Friday.
It's part of the "Fuel Up to Play 60" program, aimed at fighting childhood obesity.
The program partners with local schools and community centers promoting good health. Ten schools in Escambia County received close to $40,000 dollars combined for health and wellness initiatives.
"Today I want to encourage you guys to really take ownership of not only your education and maybe the sport that you're playing but also your health" said Leigh Torrence, NFL Cornerback.
Tate High's ROTC instructor, Major Stephen Duckworth discovered many of his students weren't eating breakfast before their morning exercises. He reached out to Susan Kennedy with the "Activate for Kids" program to combat the problem, and encourage a healthier lifestyle for the students.
"To see these kids wanting to be physically active, and wanting to make changes in their diet, it's really encouraging for the whole obesity problem that we have" said Susan Kennedy, United Healthcare Activate for kids.
Torrence discussed the importance of maintaining good health and getting an education, something near and dear to his heart.
The NFL star credits one of his crowning achievements, winning the Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints to a lifelong commitment of making healthy choices.
"Just seeing the potential in them, and knowing if they just buckle down, and make some right decisions at this point, they can have success like I did or even greater" said Torrence.
The Dairy Council offered Tate High a $4,000 dollar check for its efforts at promoting good health. The school will use some of the money on healthy breakfast options like parfaits which ranked high amongst the students. A fitness trail is also in the works.