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Sporting their favorite jerseys, they huddle around former Viking Ben Leber just hoping he'll sign one of their items.

But, Leber isn't in at Robert Bennis Elementary in Brandon to talk football. He's there for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

"The part I think I can relate to kids is I don't know much about nutrition when I was growing up either. I made a lot of poor choices, a lot of bad choices when it came to food," said Leber.

After spending nearly a decade in the NFL, Leber now understands how important healthy food consumption is to fueling play on the field.

"I love the program. I hope it makes a difference in the long run, because as we know with everything to change society we have to change the kids," said Leber.

South Dakota Secret ray of Education Melody Schopp believes starting the day with a healthy breakfast can catapult a child's development into adulthood.

"If we could get them a diploma and a healthy lifestyle that would be a great gift for the rest of their life, because if you're not healthy the rest of your life is not going to be as full and vibrant as it should be," said Schopp.

It sounds simple, fueling the brain and body right away in the morning. Who knows it might help these youngsters become professional athletes.

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