Getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day through moderate-to-vigorous and bone strengthening exercise is what is recommended for school-aged kids according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
The guidelines recommend activities such as playing games that require catching and throwing, active games involving running and chasing, and sports that involve jumping or rapid change in direction. These exercises help to strengthen bones and provide cardiovascular benefits such as improved cognitive function, cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, and bone health. Kids who are regularly active also have a better chance of a healthy adulthood.
“Prevention is key to improving cardiovascular health, and reducing heart disease and its risk factors. Engaging children in ‘PLAY 60’ is a strategy to make movement fun,” says American Heart Association’s Chief Medical Officer for Prevention EDUARDO SANCHEZ, M.D., MPH. “Active kids learn better. When kids are active, they focus more, think more clearly, react to stress more calmly, and perform and behave better in class. Teaching kids to be physically active now will help build healthy kids and future generations of adults with good health.”
Kids participating in the NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day Live Virtual Field Trip from Atlanta on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. ET will participate in activities in their own classroom thanks to the free, virtual instruction live-streamed in classrooms across the country. The immersive experience, aligns to National Physical Education Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. The program’s digital curriculum also explores the science behind how regular physical activity positively impacts individuals physically, mentally, socially and academically. Participants are also encouraged to join a NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day Live Twitter chat @American_Heart, @nflplay60 and @discoveryed during the Virtual Field Trip using #GetMovingPLAY60.
“The NFL’s longstanding partnership with the American Heart Association on PLAY 60 programs has helped to raise awareness around childhood obesity and physical inactivity to promote the benefits of exercise and healthy nutrition. The ‘NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day Live’ Virtual Field Trip builds on that commitment through an innovative and fun experience for students across the country, ” said NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility ANNA ISAACSON. “We are excited to continue building healthier generations of youth through innovative ‘PLAY 60’ programming in partnership with our 32 teams, players and partner organizations.”
The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, and the NFL in collaboration with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are working together to make physical activity fun and inspire healthy lifestyles.
The program teaches the importance of healthy living; and breaks down the top 10 plays to PLAY 60. Hollywood Records recording artist, JD McCrary, the voice of Young Simba in the upcoming live action remake of The Lion King, will lead students in fun and engaging physical activity at the NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day Live. And during the Virtual Field Trip experience, Atlanta Falcons players Matt Bryant and Matt Bosher will teach students the cardio and strength exercises NFL players use to stay physically fit. The session will also feature a Q&A, a physical activity session designed for a classroom setting and a behind-the-scenes look at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility and stadium, which is home to Super Bowl LIII.
“Discovery Education is proud to team up with the American Heart Association and the National Football League during the week of Super Bowl LIII to engage students in healthy lifestyles in schools and communities nationwide,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education LORI MCFARLING. “The NFL ‘PLAY 60 Kids Day Live’ Virtual Field Trip experience is fitness-focused and digitally immersive. We’re excited to inspire educators and motivate students to go the extra mile to learn more about physical activity and nutrition.”
The NFL and the American Heart Association have teamed up since 2006 to inspire kids through a fun and engaging way to get physically active each day. Research has shown that physical activity leads to increased academic performance, and that in-classroom physical activity breaks improve cognitive skills and classroom behavior. NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day Live gives more than 2,000 local youth the opportunity to spend time with NFL players, mascots and cheerleaders at the 2019 Super Bowl Experience while virtually connecting with thousands of student peers nationwide.
“The NFL ‘PLAY 60 Kids Day Live’ Virtual Field Trip experience gives my students a chance to get up, move, and learn about healthy lifestyles in order to get their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day,” said Hamilton Community Schools Elementary STEM Teacher ANDY LOSIK. “During the experience, students dive into immersive curriculum resources that inspire interactive play and reinforce wellness. It’s exciting to bring NFL players into the walls of my classroom to keep my students active and healthy.”
In addition to the Virtual Field Trip, the free PLAY 60 app has been redesigned this year. The PLAY 60 app allows users to control personalized avatars onscreen with their own physical movement. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day Live resources are accessible at no-cost at aha-nflPLAY60Challenge.org and are integrated into Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum resources and professional learning services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.