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BUCKSFit rallies Milwaukee youth to get healthy

Last year, nearly 400 students at Westside Academy improved their eating and activity habits through BUCKSFit month. This year, nearly 1,200 students will experience Bango’s Bootcamp to set them on a path toward a healthy lifestyle. The Milwaukee Bucks launched BUCKSFit month at Longfellow School, and the Bucks, led by mascot Bango, plan to visit three more MPS schools in the coming weeks.

Bango’s Bootcamp had students cheering as Bango, the Bucks Rim Rockers, and in-game hosts Mel and Joe challenged students to a number of races and contests in the Longfellow gym. Students also learned about healthy food choices and were encouraged to involve their families in the fitness challenge. Rogers Street Academy, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, and Westside Academy will also host Bango’s Bootcamp this month.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network is a key partner in this health initiative designed to make Milwaukee residents healthier. “We’re excited to launch our second citywide fitness challenge with the Milwaukee Bucks by tipping it off at four schools in our community,” said Kerry Freiberg, Vice President of Community Engagement for Froedtert Health. “Getting thousands of kids charged up about exercise and nutrition will start them and their families on a path toward healthier, happier lives that can make a lasting difference in our city.”

“We know that students learn better when they eat well, and that physical activity promotes brain health,” said Darienne B. Driver, MPS Superintendent. “We are grateful to the Bucks and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin for reaching our students on a platform that’s exciting and fun.”

BUCKSFit Month will culminate in late February with a BUCKSFit Challenge at the BMO Harris Bradley Center that is open to the public and allows fans to work out in the arena with Froedtert & MCW health professionals and trainers. To sign up for the BUCKSFit Challenge, or for 30-day challenge documents and downloadable healthy tips from Froedtert & MCW professionals, visit

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