A group of 39 athletes, including veteran marathoners and first time runners, recently participated as "Team Beef" in the 35th Annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half-Marathon. 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 sported matching running shirts with the Team Beef logo on the front and words, "Beef. Fuel for the finish" on the back.
"Beef plays an important role in an overall healthful lifestyle, including weight control," says Kaiti George, director of nutrition and education for the Nebraska Beef Council. "A substantial body of evidence shows 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% 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.
"I was proud to run in a Team Beef shirt, promoting two things I love--running and beef," says Dr. Chris Calkins, UNL meat scientist and Team Beef runner. "Any time we can promote a healthy, active lifestyle it helps everyone involved."
For more details on how to fuel up for the finish with lean beef, including recipes, nutrition information and meal suggestions, visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.
The Nebraska Beef Council is a non-profit organization served by a nine-member board of directors. The volunteers oversee Nebraska's beef checkoff and checkoff-funded programs. Programs for marketing and promotion are funded by the $1 beef checkoff.