A group of nearly 50 athletes participated as “Team Beef” in the 37th Annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half-Marathon on Sunday, May 4th. The running team was developed by the Nebraska Beef Council intern program and is funded by the Nebraska Beef Checkoff.
The Team Beef members attended educational seminars prior to the race, sponsored by the Nebraska Beef Council, which included tips on running a marathon, the import role that beef can play when training for a race and ways to include beef in a healthy diet. The team also wore matching running shirts with the Team Beef logo on the front and words “Beef. Fuel for the finish” on the back.
“We’re very proud of our team members who participated in the race," said Adam Wegner, Director of Marketing for the Nebraska Beef Council. “Beef plays an important role in an overall healthy lifestyle. Team Beef is a great example of how the nutrients in lean beef, such as protein, iron and B-vitamins help maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and fuel physical activity.”
A 3-ounce serving of lean beef provides 154 calories, on average, and nearly 50 percent of the Daily Value for protein. Research shows that eating lean beef as part of a balanced diet and being physically active can help maintain a healthy weight.
“As a coordinator of the team for the past two years, it has been rewarding getting to know individuals from differing backgrounds. The team is a great opportunity to bring together these different perspectives, learn from each other, and hopefully raise awareness that beef can be a part of healthy diet,” said Jamie Hanson, Nebraska Beef Council intern and senior at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
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