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Orakpo helps sack bad nutrition at Belmont Ridge

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo answers questions from students at Belmont Ridge Middle School about health and physical fitness Dec. 17. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Andrew Sharbel
At 6'5” and 257 pounds, Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is a picture of health.

The popular Redskins player made a visit to Belmont Ridge Middle School Dec. 17 to talk to students about living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Orakpo's visit was a reward for the school for placing first in the Mid-Atlantic BRAX Fuel Up Cups fall contest.

Belmont Ridge raised more than $12,787 in profit through the contest.

“We are very happy to have the efforts of our students recognized by BRAX Fuel Up Cups and the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association,” Belmont Ridge High School Principal Ryan Hitchman said. “It is very exciting to have Mr. Orakpo visit and talk with the students about leading a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Orakpo reminded the students that in order to live healthy, it is important to eat correctly.

As a professional football player, Orakpo pointed out he had to make sacrifices to remain as healthy as possible. Like no sodas, no candy (unless its halloween), no fast food and no chips.

“I enjoy eating greens like spinach and broccoli. You might be surprised but my favorite food is sushi. I also make sure to get enough dairy on a daily basis,” Orakpo said. “It is very important to eat a good breakfast in the mornings as well. ”

When asked by students what he ate for breakfast, Orakpo said “I am a big cereal guy, so I ate a big bowl of granola cereal with milk and some yogurt. I love me some yogurt.”

Food wasn't the only topic Orakpo told the students to do as staying active and get exercise for an hour a day is also important.

“My friends and I used to play basketball a lot when I was a kid or we would go swimming at the community pool,” Orakpo said. “If you want to make it in the NFL, you need to be getting that exercise and give up video games.”

Students also asked him about the state of the Redskins as they end their season with questions like “Who is your favorite player? Who is the better quarterback, RGIII or Kirk Cousins?”

Fuel Up Cups is a contest where schools sell high-quality, official NFL Spirit Cups and Spirit Travel Cups. The contest is held in correlation with BRAX fundraising, the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the NFL's Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative.

The Play 60 initiative is a program to get youth doing physical activity for at least an hour a day.


The kids at Belmont Ridge Middle School likely have personal chefs. Orakpo should be talking nutrition at Seneca Ridge Middle.

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