Crooked River students celebrate Mustang Wellness Week and kick off Fuel Up to Play 60 by making Popeye Smoothies

 - Crooked River Elementary kindergartner Emett Quigley watches as CRE building engineer Apolonio Villagomez rides the OSU Extension blender bike, creating a Popeye Smoothie, as OSU nutrition educator Sandra Boley explains how the blender works.

Crooked River Elementary students celebrated Mustang Wellness Week Oct. 2-6, and on Thursday, got to help make a Popeye Smoothie on the OSU Extension blender bike.

The Food Hero recipe included spinach, yogurt, orange juice, pineapple juice, bananas and ice. Kids took turns riding the bike, which activated the blender, creating a healthy, green smoothie — which they then got to sample.

It was all part of the event kick-off in an effort to incite excitement for healthy eating — snacking specific —and healthy physical activity.

Crooked River Elementary received a $2,880 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant earlier this year to jumpstart healthy changes.

Funds are used to help K-12 schools implement one healthy eating play and one physical activity play.

The grant was funded in part by the Oregon Dairy Association.

 - rook County School District Grant Coordinator Cynthia Jurgensen hands out Popeye Smoothie samples to students.

HOLLY SCHOLZ/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - CRE fourth-grader Alex Maghan takes a turn on the blender bike.

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