Roberto Garza Helps Kick Off Fuel Greatness Campaign


Nov 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears center Roberto Garza (63) during the third quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve all been told about the importance of eating breakfast. That it could help us lose or maintain a healthy weight, we can stay alert and pay attention better, and overall help avoid binge eating due to a constant fast. Chicago Bears guard Roberto Garza helped launch the Fuel Greatness campaign aimed at helping elementary and middle school students learn the importance of this first meal.

"Garza kicked-off this initiative at the B.J. Ward Elementary School in Bolingbrook on Tues. March 3, follow-up with a visit to the Robert Abbott Middle School in Waukegan on Wed. March 4. The goal is to not only educate children about the impact a healthy, daily breakfast makes during the school day, but to advocate options for students, like picking up food in the school’s cafeteria to-go and even eating breakfast in their classrooms."

With the support of NFL’s Play 60 program, where children are encouraged to be active for at least 60 minutes each day, this combined initiative is now referred to as “Fuel Up to Play 60.”

Keeping a healthy lifestyle in mind is one that easily relates to any pro-athlete, like Garza. Even though the caloric intake alone of an NFL player would not match that of a child, the basic components remain the same. During training camp, these men must consume on average 8,000 calories a day, where 55-60 percent is from whole-grain carbohydrates, 15 percent is from lean protein, and 30 percent is from healthy fats. Yes, no desserts, alcohol and fast food are not allowed on the diet.

Even with a busy schedule we all have, we all should ensure that we eat a healthy breakfast, not only for ourselves, but for our children. Here are few ideas of quick grab-and-go breakfasts: Food Network’s 50 breakfasts on the fly

Don’t forget to eat breakfast! You’ll notice a huge improvement in your day-to-day living if you do.