According to the American Heart Association, one in three children in the United States is considered overweight. With obesity rates continuously on the rise, it is more important now than ever to get kids physically active so that they can develop into healthy adults.
As a way to encourage the youth in the Delaware Valley to adopt a healthy lifestyle through 60 minutes of daily exercise, the Philadelphia Eagles and American Heart Association teamed up once again for the NFL PLAY 60 Field Day Challenge on Friday, May 27. Hosted at the NovaCare Complex, 125 students from five local elementary schools competed in a variety of outdoor drills on the Eagles' practice field in an effort to foster an active lifestyle. The NFL PLAY 60 Challenge is a four-week program that motivates children to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day in school and at home.
The schools that participated on Friday were Anne Frank Elementary (Philadelphia), Cook-Wissahickon Elementary (Philadelphia), Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary (Morrisville, PA), Paul Robeson Charter (Trenton, NJ) and Twin Valley Elementary (Elverson, PA).