Liberty High School in the Wentzville School District has been named the 2017 Power Up School of the Year by the St. Louis Dairy Council, a nonprofit education organization supported by local dairy farmers. High school athletes across the area were encouraged to participate in the Power Up with Chocolate Milk initiative this fall aimed at helping student athletes reach for healthy beverages after training.
“Research shows the high quality protein and nutrients in chocolate milk make it an ideal post-workout drink,” said Camille Smith, Nutrition Educator for the St. Louis District Dairy Council. Power Up involved athlete education, along with a grant to purchase chocolate milk and/or cooling equipment for the winning school. The contest called for teams to submit a photo of their efforts to Power Up and 28 schools participated. Liberty High School was chosen for best illustrating how chocolate milk fueled their success. Liberty Health Teacher and Tennis Coach Molly Kleiber said student athletes who participated in weight training classes last semester learned about the benefits of drinking milk post workout. In addition to the milk grant, Kleiber and Liberty received a gift basket, banner and photo to hang in the school’s gymnasium.
For more information about Power Up with Chocolate Milk, or the health benefits of dairy, visit www.stldairycouncil.org.