Family Fitness with NFL’s PLAY60 Program

Play60 logo pic1By Marianne Reid Anderson

If your New Year’s Resolution is to achieve fitness for the whole family, you may want to get involved with the NFL Play 60 program. NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

play60 pic2There are many ways you can join the PLAY 60 movement. You can get involved through school programs, contests and community events.

Through their website at http://www.nfl.com/play60, the NFL has developed an assortment of opportunities that allow you and your children to get active with sports and recreational organizations with many of the programs designed for in-school and after school hours. You can even get involved by volunteering to assist the NFL and even work towards having the NFL bus visit your school or organization.

play 60By joining the Play60 program, you can show the NFL how you and your children are staying fit and active by uploading your PLAY 60 photo to Instagram or Facebook and tell them to tag @NFLPLAY 60 or Tweet at us @NFLPLAY60. Be sure to use the hashtag #hoponthebus and join the movement.

Some in-school or community programs include: 

Fuel Up to Play 60:

NFL PLAY 60 has partnered with the National Dairy Council on this in-school program to make sure that kids get healthy through nutrition and activity. With the interactive program and fun prizes, kids are motivated to take control of their schools’ focus on health and wellness. This is a great in-school program that any teacher or administrator can support. Students can win cool prizes, like an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day.

Play 60 Challenge:

Through a partnership with the American Heart Association, this 4-6 week program provides easy ways to get your school more active and healthy throughout the school day. The NFL has built fun ways to incorporate short, 3-5 minute activity breaks into the curriculum that you’re already doing with your students. You can register your school, or download the program resources to get started.

The NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. The Punt Pas and Kick program continues to reach children of a younger age and allows them to experience the fun of learning football fundamentals in an engaging and supportive non-contact environment.

Additional information available through the web site includes ideas for phys-ed class or ways to get active in an after-school program. Check out the link: “Great PLAY Ideas” from some of your favorite NFL players. These activities require little or no equipment and can be done anywhere.

And if your school needs additional funds to ensure your students continue to get physical activity each day. Brax has teamed up with NFL PLAY 60 to offer some great ways for your school to fundraise!

So keep that New Year’s Resolution by joining the movement and help NFL PLAY 60’s efforts to make the next generation of youth active and healthy!