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Posted March 4, 2014

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Dallas Cowboy Talks with Kids About Eating a Good Breakfast

NFL player Ryan Cook, a Cibola High graduate and former Lobo, visited the students at Gov. Bent Elementary in celebration of National School Breakfast Week.

Dallas Cowboy and Cibola High graduate Ryan Cook spent a morning last week at Gov. Bent Elementary where he helped serve a healthy breakfast prepared by students and talked about the importance of getting a good nutritious start to each day.

Cook's visit helped kick off National School Breakfast Week March 3-7.

The NFL center is an Albuquerque native who also attended Alameda Elementary and Taylor Middle School and played for the UNM Lobos. During his visit at Gov. Bent on Friday, Feb. 28, he interacted with students, asking them what they eat for breakfast and reminding them how a nutritious breakfast can help them grow.

Cook's visit was sponsored by Fuel Up to Play 60, the Dallas Cowboys and local dairy council Dairy MAX to promote the importance of eating a morning meal at school. Their campaign, It Starts With School Breakfast," is designed to jump start chiladren's health by encouraging them to kick-off their day with breakfast at school.

Research shows that healthy students are better students, yet too many kids are showing up to school hungry.

  • “It Starts With School Breakfast” is increasing awareness about breakfast options at school and empowering students and families to lead change in their own schools.
  • More than 25,000 students participate in school breakfast in the Albuquerque Public Schools, with the opportunity to start each day with a healthy breakfast.
  • Supporters like the Fuel Up to Play 60, the Dallas Cowboys, Dean Foods and Dairy MAX are pledging to make a difference by increasing school breakfast awareness and funding.
  • Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school wellness program.
  • More details about school breakfast are available at
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