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Leader Nabs Award. Leader Ingrid Morris officially was honored on Sept. 29 as a Subway School Health Champion award winner, recognized for her leadership in bringing stronger physical activity and nutrition practices to North Carolina schools.

Morris, the senior health promotion manager for the Schools Prevention Team at NC Prevention Partners, took home the award during a rainy halftime at a University of North Carolina football game.

Morris also was able to pick local health organizations to receive a $500 donation from Subway. She chose to split the award money between the NC Prevention Partners internship scholarship fund and her child’s elementary school, where she serves as the founder and co-chair of the wellness team.

“We put so much time and effort – both professionally and personally – into creating healthier schools.

This award feels like a nice thank you and motivates me further,” Morris tells the Inside Track.

Click here to connect with Ingrid Morris.

Super Bowl Bound? With kids back at school and football season in full swing, the Fuel Up to Play 60 school wellness program also is getting into high gear — and this year, some lucky students will even win a trip to the Super Bowl.

This year, Play 60 is sponsoring the Super Bowl Breakfast Challenge, which asks students to submit their idea for “a delicious oatmeal breakfast their friends and classmates will love.” Suggestions include serving oatmeal bars, oatmeal smoothies or even setting up an oatmeal station at school to help encourage young people to try the whole grain treat.

Students have until Dec. 3 to enter the challenge, which is being sponsored by oatmeal maker Quaker. The two winners of the challenge will receive an all expenses paid trip to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, and Quaker also will give winners a $1,000 grant to turn their Oatmeal-inspired idea into reality.

A partnership between the National Football League (NFL), National Dairy Council and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Play 60 program encourages young people to be physically active at least 60 minutes each day and consume a diet of nutrient-rich foods. Play 60 offers in-school nutrition and physical activity programs for schools to help get kids moving and eating right.

More than 73,000 schools across the country are now part of the Play 60.

Schools join by finding an adult to serve as a Program Advisor, charged with helping to activate Play 60 at their school and helping students take part. Throughout the school year, advisors can apply for a $4,000 grant to help launch the program at their school — and during the month of October, adults who sign up as Program Advisors will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a Fuel Up to Play 60 prize pack.

Webinar Reminder. is teaming up with Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on Oct. 22 for a webinar studying the recent F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future report.

Released by TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report forecasts adult obesity rates in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs in 2030.

TFAH’s Executive Director Dr. Jeff Levi will join Maddie Ribble from the Massachusetts Public Health Association on the webinar to discuss the report and ways it can be used to create healthier communities. Ribble will also share his experiences using a similar report to create change in Massachusetts.

The webinar is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Eastern. Click here to register.