Football Fitness

The NFL kicks off its 2008 season with former players teaching kids the importance of physical activity

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

The NFL Play 60 health and fitness campaign and Nike's Let Me Play programs teamed up recently to teach 1,000 students from the New York and New Jersey areas football skills and healthy habits. NFL football players such as Brian Mitchell, Wayne Cherbet, and several others added to the excitement of this event, which was held in Central Park. NFL Play 60 and Nike Let Me Play are programs aimed at getting the youth of America on their feet for 60 minutes a day.

At the festival, the students got up and moving with HOPSports Training System, an interactive technology workout program. The session began with stretching exercises.

Both Bryan Mitchell and Wayne Cherbet feel that it is important to get your heart rate moving before you play. You may think that it is difficult to stay fit. But all these athletes have been able to do it. They began to maintain their bodies when they were young in order to reach their goal of playing professional football. "If you want to get to the NFL, you have to be in tip-top shape, dedicated, and eat right," Mitchell said.

Several sponsors made this event possible. Nike, Kellogg's, and Spiral Frog, a music-download Web site, were among the sponsors present. Nike gave students the opportunity to use the Nike ID program. Nike ID is an online service that allows people to customize a pair of sneakers or cleats. Kellogg's, meanwhile, provided their famous Frosted Flakes as refreshment. Finally, kids got the chance to make playlists with Spiral Frog music. What a fun-filled and active day!

Remember, it's important to stay fit. So follow the example of these former NFL idols and get moving!


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  • Subjects:
    Football, Hobbies, Play, Recreation, Strength and Conditioning

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