Assistant softball coach wins state honor for work with fitness, nutrition

Congratulations to Penney Arey ’83, an assistant softball coach at Simpson, for being named Iowa’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor of the Year.

The award recognizes Arey’s work as a health teacher at Indianola Middle School.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the National Football League, working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Indianola is one of nearly 73,000 schools in the country that participate in the program.

“We’re excited to recognize Penney’s leadership,” said Nikki Stahr, a registered dietician with the Midwest Dairy Council. “She and her wellness committee have introduced so many health initiatives to Indianola Middle School, like smoothie bars, cooking classes, healthy vending machines and a walking club, just to name a few.

“She has truly gone above and behind to keep her school on a health track.”

Under the program, schools are encouraging students to eat healthier and to achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

“I am truly honored to be named Iowa’s Program Advisor of the Year,” Arey said. “Fuel Up to Play 60 has been a valuable program for us at Indianola Middle School and for all the students of the district. I encourage everyone to make a difference.”

The 2013 softball season marked Arey’s 15th as an assistant coach at Simpson.

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