By Meagan McGone
COCOA BEACH - Remember that old saying, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?"
Those words rang true at Roosevelt Elementary School in September, as local hero and Guinness World Record-holder Wyatt Werneth visited with the students to signify the importance of eating a healthy breakfast to start the day.
As part of National Breakfast Week, which ran from Sept. 17 to 21, Mr. Werneth, a champion of paddleboarding and former Brevard County Ocean Rescue chief, was chosen to attend the "Hero's Fuel Up To Play 60 Breakfast" due to his athletic accomplishments.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 program, led by the National Dairy Council, the NFL and the USDA, empowers students to create and implement activities that reward them for making healthy choices, while inspiring change at their school.
"Wyatt Werneth was wiling to bring his award to the school and learn with the students about nutrition," said Michelle Sirounis, physical education specialist at Roosevelt Elementary. "The students learned about hydration, protein for muscle repair, dairy choices and serving sizes, as well as potassium and bananas."
Mr. Werneth has set three world records: the longest paddleboard journey up the coast of Florida, paddling for 345 miles from Miami Beach to Jacksonville; the longest paddleboard distance in 24 hours, paddling 103 miles from Miami Beach to Jupiter; and the greatest distance covered in nine days on a paddleboard, covering the 345 miles between Miami Beach and Jacksonville.
This is Roosevelt Elementary's sixth year of involvement in promoting healthy breakfasts through Florida School Breakfast Week.
Ms. Sirounis said a nutritious morning meal includes one item from each of the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy.
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