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I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Pop Warner Little Scholars and DSM Nutritional Products to tell you about a new educational program called "Eat Smart, Play Safe."

Hasselbeck Family "Eat Smart, Play Safe" is geared toward us — busy parents of active kids. We lead hectic lives and it can be hard to properly fuel our kids with healthy, nutritious foods to keep them going through school, practice, games and other activities.

This program shares tips on how to prepare easy and convenient meals that pack a nutritional punch and please even picky eaters. It also leverages Pop Warner's dedication to sports safety and shares information on how to keep kids happy and safe when playing youth sports.

As some of you may know, my family has been involved with Pop Warner since 1986 when my husband, NFL quarterback and pro-bowler Matt Hasselbeck, started playing youth football in his hometown of Norfolk, Mass. He was even a member of a team that won the Pop Warner National Championship that year. Football, training, practices and games run in our blood!

I'm an athlete myself — I'm in my college and high school halls of fame for field hockey, and my kids, who are ages 8, 10 and 11, play football, basketball and lacrosse. Needless to say, my family loves sports and staying active! That's why I'm excited to be a part of the "Eat Smart, Play Safe" program and share a part of my experience with all of you.

I've learned the importance of a well-balanced diet that includes vitamins and nutrients, like the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, vitamin D, calcium and iron. To help you make sure your kids are eating nutritious meals, I'm sharing some of our favorite family recipes.

I encourage your families to "eat smart" by choosing healthy foods and beverages and to "play safe" by stretching, wearing proper equipment and following the rules. We can all inspire one another to live better, healthier lives.

Go team!
Sarah Hasselbeck



About the "Eat Smart, Play Safe" Campaign:

DSM Nutritional Products The “Eat Smart, Play Safe” program is an educational campaign focused on promoting healthy nutrition and sports safety for active kids, on and off the field. DSM Nutritional Products and Pop Warner Little Scholars have partnered to bring valuable nutrition and safety information to young athletes and parents.

This program targets building awareness for families about the important nutrients children should have in their everyday diets, for example, the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, vitamin D, calcium and iron.

View our "Eat Smart Play Safe" Infographic or download a print-friendly version.

Download the "Eat Smart Play Safe" News Release.